Pleasanton Weekly

News - January 31, 2014

Endorsements keep coming for DeSaulnier

State senator gets early backing from dozens of federal, state and local officials

by Jeremy Walsh

State Sen. Mark DeSaulnier (D-Concord) continues to rake in support for his second congressional bid.

To date, the second-term senator has received endorsements from four sitting U.S. representatives from California, more than two-dozen state officials and nearly 40 local elected reps, including the mayors of Danville, Walnut Creek, Antioch, Clayton, El Cerrito, Dublin, Pittsburg and Martinez.

The 61-year-old seeks to fill the 11th Congressional District seat of longtime U.S. Rep. George Miller (D-Martinez), who announced Jan. 13 that he would retire after his current term -- his 20th in Congress.

DeSaulnier represents Pleasanton in the California State Senate, but the congressional district for which he is running only extends as far south as Danville. Pleasanton is part of the 15th District, represented by Congressman Eric Swalwell (D-Dublin).

No other Democrats have announced their candidacy for Miller's seat. Retired Immigration Judge Tue Q. Phan, a Danville resident, is the lone Republican to enter the race thus far.

DeSaulnier tried to earn a spot in Congress in 2009, running in the old 10th District -- prior to redistricting -- after former U.S. Rep. Ellen Tauscher resigned to join the U.S. State Department. He lost in the special primary election to fellow Democrat John Garamendi, who eventually won the seat.

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