Assemblyman Guy Houston, R-San Ramon, will announce later today plans to run for the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors in 2008, a surprising political move that reflects the impacts of term limits in California.
Houston will run against incumbent Mary Piepho of Discovery Bay, a woman who once worked in Houston’s legislative office.
The announcement ends speculation that Houston would run for Congress in District 11, where incumbent Democrat Jerry McNerney of Pleasanton will fight to retain his seat. Party leaders made it clear, Houston said, that they preferred the more conservative Dean Andal, a former Stockton assemblyman who has entered the race.
That left Houston, who terms out of his state seat in 2008, with few options other than local government if he wants to stay in politics.
He’s the last remaining Republican in a Bay Area partisan seat and there are no other competitive seats realistically open to members of his party. Democrats in state Senate District 7, which includes all of Contra Costa County, enjoy a 16 percentage point registration advantage.