As expected, State Sen. Christine Kehoe finally announced this morning that she's forming an exploratory committee for the 2012 San Diego mayoral race.
She recently relaunched her website and took out a $50,000 loan against her house, so everyone pretty much knew it was coming. Unless Congressman Bob Filner hurries up and gets his paperwork in, this make Kehoe the first viable (sorry, Rocky Neptun) Democrat to formally dip a toe in the race. It also makes her the third viable LGBT candidate to take out paperwork, in addition to Republicans Carl DeMaio and Bonnie Dumanis (again, sorry, Rocky).
Here's the press release (sent by Democratic operative and lawyer Colin Parent): ---
May 31st, 2010 - FORIMMEDIATE RELEASE
State Senator Christine Kehoe to File Paperwork to Explore Run forMayor
May 31, 2011, SAN DIEGO – State Senator Christine Kehoe willopen a committee this week to explore a possible run for Mayor of the City ofSan Diego.
Senator Kehoe issued the following statement:
“Since my first election to the SanDiego City Council, I have been committed to addressing our City's problemswith practical solutions.
I have carried that approach to theState Legislature, where I have authored commonsense laws that protected ournatural resources, ended redevelopment loopholes, and forced local agencies tobetter balance the needs of all San Diegans.
The challenges San Diegans facetogether can be resolved. We need honest solutions that don't cause more problemsthan they solve. Working together and using commonsense, we can get San Diegoback on the right track.
That's why I am taking a very serious look atrunning for Mayor.”
Senator Kehoe is a Democrat representing the 39thSenate District, which overlaps about two thirds of the City of San Diego. Shehas a long record of practical problem solving for San Diego.
Served as the Executive Director of theHillcrest Business Association, where she worked for small business owners tocut through red tape at City Hall.
On the City Council, Kehoe shepherded the CityHeights Urban Village project, a 12-block public-private partnership that hasbecome a national model of mixed-use neighborhood revitalization. She also completedthe long-stalled portion of the I-15 freeway.
Closed a loophole that allowed redevelopmentfunds to be siphoned out of neighborhoods. (SB 93, 2003)
Reformed the San Diego County Regional AirportAuthority by eliminating $400,000 in excessive annual salaries for politicalappointees and requiring efficiency between local and state agencies. (SB 10,2007)
Created the San Diego River Conservancy toprotect the 52-mile water route. (AB 2156, 2001-02)
Co-authored a landmark bill which granted equalbenefits under California law to domestic partners, (AB 205, 2003), andauthored a bill that prevents the state from contracting with employers whodiscriminate with regard to benefits for registered domestic partners. (AB 17,2004)
Christine Kehoe became the region's first out LGBT elected officialwhen she won her first race for the San Diego City Council in 1993. She waselected to the State Assembly in 2000, and most recently was elected to hersecond term in the State Senate in 2008. Kehoe served as the chairperson of theSenate's Local Government committee, and currently chairs the SenateAppropriations committee. She is a homeowner in North Park with her partner of26 years, Julie Warren.
Senator Kehoe will make her decision for the Mayor's race ata later time.