Four-term Pleasanton Mayor Jennifer Hosterman hopes to succeed Congressman Pete Stark, D-Fremont, when he retires, perhaps as early as this year but more likely in 2014.
Hosterman, a Democrat, has a state campaign account on record with California as a candidate for Assembly District 18 but she is not running for that seat. Per state law, as a soon-to-be-termed-out elected official, she had to park her campaign money elsewhere by the end of July and she lived in AD18 at the time.
She no longer lives in Assembly District 18, which was redrawn in mid-August as part of the state’s once-a-decade redistricting process. Intead, she lives in the new Assembly District 16 and would have to challenge incumbent Assemblywoman Joan Buchanan.
“Because I am termed out in 2012, prior to the end of last year, in accordance with FPPC, I had to park my campaign funds somewhere,” Hosterman wrote me in an email. “At the time, a state Assembly seat made sense, and at that time, I lived in the 18th!”
Since then, Hosterman says she spoke with Stark, who represents the newly drawn 15th Congressional District.
“However, after speaking with Congressman Stark, I am going to mount a campaign for his seat (in) 2014,” she wrote. “In the meantime, I’m going to work hard on his behalf to keep him in office until he decides to step down. If that’s 2012, I’ll be read to run, and if he decides he feels up to the fight on behalf of the people of his new congressional district, then I’ll be there for him, in a supporting role. ”
This is very interesting.
Stark announced in August he will seek re-election in 2012 and already has one opponent, Democratic Dublin Councilman and Alameda County prosecutor Eric Swalwell.