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.
Former Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., candidate for U.S. Senate in New Hampshire, holds his hand over his heart during the singing of the national anthem as he waits to take the stage for his town hall campaign rally with Sen. John McCain at the Pinkerton Academy in Derry, N.H., on Monday, Aug. 18, 2014.