State Senate Majority Leader Ellen Corbett, D-San Leandro, has decided not to run against Rep. Pete Stark, D-Fremont, in the newly drawn 15th Congressional District this year. Here’s the statement she issued moments ago:
“I thank all my wonderful supporters for their encouragement to run for Congress, but before I do that, I want to finish the job I started in the state Legislature, where I’m fighting to support schools, protect consumers, create jobs and improve the lives of all Californians. I plan to continue my work as Senate Majority Leader and complete my term in the state Senate, and I look forward to continuing to serve my East Bay constituents in the future.”
Corbett had said months ago that she was committed to finishing her state Senate term and respected Stark, but later acknowledged she was exploring the possibility of a 2012 run.
Dublin Councilman Eric Swalwell, another Democrat, is challenging Stark this year, and completed his nomination filing earlier this week. We’re still waiting to see whether conservative independent Chris Pareja of Hayward completes his filing.
And Silicon Valley attorney and former Obama administration official Ro Khanna of Fremont hasn’t taken out any papers to run this year, despite having shattered fundraising records in 2011′s final quarter.