Former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (D) has decided not to run for the U.S. Senate in California against Attorney General Kamala Harris (D).
The former mayor’s decision means yet another top tier potential Democratic candidate won’t jump into the jungle primary for retiring Sen. Barbara Boxer’s (D-CA) Senate seat. Harris has announced and has been touting endorsements from national Democratic figures as well as California Democrats.
Here’s the announcement on Facebook:
My grandfather came to this great state more than 100 years ago and I have had the privilege of serving its people for the last two decades, from our state capitol in Sacramento to L.A.’s City Hall, as a legislator and chief executive. I have worked hard to create solutions to the important issues facing our state. A quality education that prepares our kids to compete in the global economy, good-paying jobs for all Californians, access to affordable health care and a strategy to combat the crisis of global climate change, are the issues that keep me fighting for the people of California.
I am humbled by the encouragement I’ve received from so many to serve in the United States Senate. But as I think about how best to serve the people of this great state, I know that my heart and my family are here in California, not Washington, D.C. I have decided not to run for the U.S. Senate and instead continue my efforts to make California a better place to live, work and raise a family. We have come a long way, but our work is not done, and neither am I.
Thank you for your support.