The Mormon Times, published by the Utah-based Deseret News, reports that Republican congressional candidate David Harmer may run again but for a neighboring seat.
Harmer ran unsuccessfully in District 10 earlier this year, losing to then-sitting Democratic California Lieutenant Governor John Garamendi.
District 11 is a far more GOP-friendly district with almost dead-even registration between the two major parties.
But Harmer doesn’t live in District 11, a detail that no longer seems to matter to many voters.
They elected Garamendi, who doesn’t live in District 10. His Walnut Grove home is just across the river from the district boundary.
Harmer lives in Dougherty Valley, not far from the line between the 10th and 11th districts.
Harmer would have a far more difficult primary in the 11th District, however. A half-dozen Republicans have already announced their candidacies and are raising money.
Here are the first few paragraphs of the Mormon Times story:
Former congressional candidate may run again
By Jeffrey R. Unalp
For Mormon Times
Friday, Dec. 11, 2009
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. — Former California 10th Congressional District candidate David J. Harmer said he may run again, but this time it would be for the 11th Congressional District seat.
He believes it is his obligation and calling as a free American Mormon.
Harmer spoke to the East Bay BYU Management Society on Tuesday, Dec. 8.
Introduced as a candidate who ran the race with integrity that was “unbecoming of a politician,” Harmer then detailed the difficulties he faced in his bid for the 10th District seat.
Harmer said he ran because he was prompted by the Spirit. He said his family is currently studying Captain Moroni, and like Captain Moroni, American Mormons must hoist the Title of Liberty. “Freedom is a pre-condition of everything else God has in his plan,” he said.
He said running again is a bit like being asked to play the organ at stake conference; if he declined he would feel bad as he believes it is his calling.