Gaspar’s decision comes a week after visiting Washington, The San Diego Union-Tribune reported, following Issa’s announcement that he would not seek re-election.
This has multiple Democrats champing at the bit to get into what they see as a pickup opportunity. Applegate is running again, along with environmental lawyer Mike Levin, Navy veteran Paul Kerr, and former State Department official Sara Jacobs.
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Issa’s announcement set off a slew of Republicans jumping into the race, too. State Board of Equalization Member Diane Harkey, state Assemblyman Rocky Chavez, and San Juan Capistrano City Councilman Brian Marryot have all entered the race. Patent lawyer Joshua Schoonover switched from running in California’s 50th District against incumbent Republican Rep. Duncan Hunter to the 49th District race.
Gaspar was elected to the Board of Supervisors after the Democratic incumbent was mired in scandal. Prior to that, she served as mayor of Encinitas.
In her visit to Washington last week, Gaspar met with House Speaker Paul D. Ryan.
Gaspar’s supervisor seat includes much of the district she wants to represent, including Del Mar, Encinitas and Solana Beach.