North Bay political activist Norman Solomon announced Wednesday that he filed candidacy papers with the Federal Election Commission to run for the 6th district in the event that Democratic Rep. Lynn Woolsey retires.
Woolsey, a former leader of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, has said she is considering retirement at the end of this term and is expected to make a decision in the next few months. Assemblyman Jared Huffman (D) is also looking at the race and announced earlier this month that he raised $120,000 in the first quarter in preparation for a Congressional bid. He too is waiting to see what Woolsey will do.
“After so many years of progressive leadership from Lynn Woolsey, her successor in the House should have a proven commitment to a wide range of progressive values,” Solomon said in a statement. “I see Congress as a place where strong progressive voices must be heard and basic changes must be fought for.”
The district is solidly Democratic but will be redrawn during redistricting this cycle.
Leaders from military and veterans service organizations joined Sens. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., Kelly Ayotte , R-N.H., and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., at a press conference to urge the Senate to replace a provision in the budget proposal that cuts retirement benefits for veterans. Wicker, Ayotee, and Graham earlier called for a bipartisan solution to replace the $6.3 billion in cuts to military retiree benefits.
Each year since 1990, CQ Roll Call has reviewed the financial disclosures of all 541 senators, representatives and delegates to determine the 50 richest members of Congress. This year's report, derived from forms covering the calendar year 2012, shows it took a net worth of $6.67 million to crack the exclusive club.