No opponent, but Mike Honda is campaigning

Rep. Mike Honda – whose re-election campaign had $340,338 in the bank at 2011’s end and no known challengers as of yet – is campaigning hard nonetheless this weekend.

Honda, D-San Jose, hopes to meet with almost 100 elected and appointed officials during a series of “Coffee with the Congressman” events this Saturday throughout the newly drawn 17th Congressional District, starting at 10 a.m. in Sunnyvale and ending with a 4 p.m. session in Fremont. These meet-and-greets are supposed to be a low-key chance for local officials to get to know Honda.

Later Saturday, he has a fundraising reception scheduled in Milpitas with Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Rep. Steve Israel, D-NY. (Israel is attending a similar event earlier Saturday in San Francisco for Rep. John Garamendi, D-Walnut Grove.)

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.