Barbara Lee announces re-election bid, too

Not only did Pete Stark and Mike Honda announce their congressional re-election campaigns yesterday, but Barbara Lee did, too.

Less drama there – Lee’s district, although changing in number from 9th to 13th (as Stark goes from 13th to 15th and Honda goes from 15th to 17th) – will still contain her liberal strongholds of Oakland and Berkeley, where nobody would have much change of unseating her. The newly redrawn district also includes Alameda (which Lee represented before the 2001 redistricting), Albany, Emeryville, Piedmont and San Leandro.

“I have had the privilege of representing most of this district for over thirteen years in Congress, and had the honor of serving both Alameda briefly in Congress and for six years in the California Legislature,” Lee said in a news release yesterday. “Of course, I have long worked with my colleague, Congressman Pete Stark, to support San Leandro on federal matters that impact our region.”

“This district is one of the most diverse, vibrant and enlightened districts in the country and I’m looking forward to continuing to reach out and connect with people from all over the district to get their insight and to talk about how it would be my honor to stand and fight for them in Congress to create jobs and jump start our economy, build healthy communities, and ensure a more just and peaceful world.”

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.

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