Former Walnut Creek Councilman Kish Rajan has taken his name out of the running for the 11th congressional district seat that Rep. George Miller will vacate at the end of the year after four decades in the House of Representatives.
Rajan left the city council in 2012 when he was offered a job as the director of Gov. Jerry Brown’s Office of Business and Economic Development.
“I love working for Gov. Brown and feel we are doing good things for the California economy,” Rajan texted a few minutes ago. “So, I plan to stick with it.”
That leaves only one name still floating around as a potential serious challenger to state Sen. Mark DeSaulnier of Concord: Walnut Creek Mayor Kristina Lawson.
The senator declared his candidacy within minutes of Miller’s retirement announcement on Jan. 14 and has locked down endorsements from almost everyone who might mount a credible challenge against him.
Lawson has said she is seriously considering running for the rare open congressional seat and is expected to make an announcement within a few days.
The other declared candidates are retired immigration judge and Republican Tue Phan-Quang of Danville and Jason Ramey, a 33-year-old political newbie from Concord. You can check out Ramey’s website at www.jasonrameyforcongress.com.