Local politicians are anxiously awaiting news on what the new state and federal election boundaries turn out to be so that they can decide whether they want to seek public office in the 2012 elections.
At least two local candidates have announced their plans to run for Congress, while others are remaining mum until the ink on the maps are dry.
The California Citizens Redistricting Commission has an Aug. 15 deadline to release maps for state Assembly, state Senate, Congress and Board of Equalization districts. However, several groups are expected to sue the commission because they don’t like how the lines are drawn.
Two hopefuls have officially announced their candidacy — Republican Ricky Gill, of Lodi, who says he will run for whatever congressional seat includes Lodi, and Democrat Ami Bera, of Elk Grove, who lost to Rep. Dan Lungren, R-Gold River, in 2010. The district where Bera lives includes the town of Herald, but not Galt.
Meanwhile, Assemblywoman Alyson Huber, D-El Dorado Hills, who represents the Lodi area, hasn’t decided what she’s going to do, according to her chief of staff Tim Reardon. Huber is looking at a congressional bid, possibly against Lungren and Bera.
Huber will be eligible for one more Assembly term, but she may end up in a heavily Republican district that would make it hard for her to win re-election to the Assembly, Reardon said.
Among those who are considering a run for public office, but waiting until redistricting maps to be finalized:
- Brad Goehring, of Clements, who lost the Republican nomination for the 11th Congressional District race to David Harmer, of San Ramon.
“We’re not ruling it,” he said. “We’re holding tight.”
- Democrat Jose Hernandez, former NASA astronaut from Stockton and south Lodi, said he is waiting to see if the current 11th Congressional District is split at the Altamont Pass. If the district is split, it will depend where incumbent Rep. Jerry McNerney, D-Pleasanton, will run for re-election.
If McNerney runs in a district near his East Bay home, Hernandez said he may run for San Joaquin County’s congressional seat, but if McNerney decides to run in San Joaquin County, Hernandez won’t.
McNerney spokeswoman Sarah Hersh said twice in June that McNerney will not comment on his plans until the district maps are finalized.
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