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Woolsey to say next week if she’ll run or retire

By Josh Richman
Monday, June 20th, 2011 at 3:28 pm in Lynn Woolsey, redistricting, U.S. House.

Rep. Lynn Woolsey‘s office indicated today that she’ll hold a news conference next Monday afternoon June 27 at her Petaluma home – almost certainly to announce her decision on whether to seek another House term or to retire.

The 10-term Democrat said she’ll be joined at the event by Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Oakland, with whom she co-chaired the Congressional Progressive Caucus.

Woolsey, 73, now represents all of Marin County and most of Sonoma County, but redistricting could change all that. Woolsey fired off an angry statement 10 days ago when the California Citizens Redistricting Commission’s first draft Congressional map showed her district being narrowed and elongated along the state’s North Coast to stretch all the way from the Golden Gate Bridge to the Oregon border.

Among Democrats who might vie to replace her if she bows out are Assemblyman Jared Huffman, D-San Rafael; state Sen. Noreen Evans, D-Santa Rosa; Marin County Supervisor Susan Adams of San Rafael; and progressive activist Normon Solomon of Inverness.

Of those four, only Evans’ home would fall outside the newly drawn district according to this draft – not that living within the district is a constitutional requirement.

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  • RR, Senile Columnist

    Wow, this is BIG NEWS! She may have served 20 years but her departure ain’t exactly historic. Like her pal, Dr Lee, LW’s greatest accomplishment was getting re-elected over and over again.

  • http:/// DanvilleDemocrat

    Pretty sure Jared Huffmann will wind up with the nod.