Former Los Angeles Mayor Villaraigosa Won't Run for Senate in 2016
Former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will not run for Senator Barbara Boxer’s open Senate seat in 2016, he announced Tuesday.
In a written statement Villaraigosa thanked his supporters, but said he wanted to focus on his work in California. “[A]s 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 in Washington D.C.,” he said.
Villaraigosa’s exit leaves state Attorney General Kamala Harris, a Democrat, as the race’s only major declared candidate. A recent poll from the Field Research Corp. found Villaraigosa trailing Harris among both Democrats and all likely voters. California's primary system pits all candidates against each other in the spring; the top two vote-getters face off in the fall, even if they are from the same party.
While a Senate race is out of the question, Villaraigosa implied that he may still run for governor in 2018, a position he’s been considering since he left office in 2013. As he says in his statement, he plans to “continue my efforts to make California a better place to live, work and raise a family.”