DiFi endorses for North Bay House seat

Up in the North Bay, the state’s (arguably) most popular Democratic elected official has made an endorsement in the race for the Bay Area’s only House seat without an incumbent seeking re-election.

Jared HuffmanU.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., has endorsed Assemblyman Jared Huffman, D-San Rafael, to succeed Rep. Lynn Woolsey, D-Petaluma, who won’t seek re-election to the newly drawn 2nd Congressional District.

“I’ve worked with Jared over the years and been very impressed by his command of water issues, his commitment to the environment, and his ability to tackle complex challenges and get things done,” Feinstein said in Huffman’s news release. “Jared is the kind of principled and effective leader we need more of in Congress right now and he has my full support.”

Huffman – a former public interest consumer attorney who has crusaded for environmental causes in the Legislature – is leading the pack in fundraising as he competes with fellow Democrats Norman Solomon of Inverness, an author and media critic whose activism won him the endorsement of the Congressional Progressive Caucus’ co-chair; Stacey Lawson, a former tech executive from San Rafael who co-founded and teaches at UC Berkeley’s Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology; and Marin County Board of Supervisors President Susan Adams. (Woolsey won’t publicly endorse anyone.) The lone Republican so far is Dan Roberts, an investment advisor from Tiburon.

All of these candidates are from Marin County, not unusual for Woolsey’s old 6th Congressional District, which ran only up to the Sonoma/Mendocino border. But in this radically reapportioned 2nd District, which extends from the Golden Gate Bridge all the way up to the Oregon border, their lack of name recognition combined with the new costs of travel and advertising could make it an interesting race.

Huffman also today announced the endorsement of Rep. Anna Eshoo, D-Palo Alto, launching what he said will be a week of announcements of women supporting his candidacy. “The week will culminate with the rollout of a major event featuring a keynote appearance by one of the most prominent women in statewide elected office.”

Seeing as how there are only two women in statewide elected office – Attorney General Kamala Harris and Secretary of State Debra Bowen – I’m guessing it’ll be one of them. And since I think I’ve already espied a photo of Harris on Huffman’s website…

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.