Congress

Doug McKnight

State Senator Bill Monning is running for re-election.  He made the announcement Tuesday in Monterey outside of Colton Hall where the California Constitution was signed.

He won the seat to represent District 17  in 2012.  He now serves as Senate Majority Leader.

During his speech, Monning talked about his accomplishments since being elected including the recently passed “End of Life Option Act,” and the establishment of the California Central Coast Veterans Cemetery on the former Fort Ord.

Doug McKnight

Former Assemblywoman Anna Caballero hopes to return to the California State Assembly.

Her announcement Thursday came as a surprise to some who thought she would run for the Congressional seat of retiring Representative Sam Farr.

But standing in the sunlit courtyard of the Salinas City Hall where she served 15 years as councilwoman and mayor, Anna Caballero announced she is running for the state Assembly seat now held by Luis Alejo.

Doug McKnight

Monterey County Deputy District Attorney Jimmy Panetta has become the first Democrat to enter the race for retiring Congressman Sam Farr’s seat.

Panetta made the announcement Tuesday in front of Monterey’s historic Custom House.  He’s the youngest son of former US Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta

Krista Almanzan

Congressman Sam Farr will retire when his current term ends in January 2017.  He made the announcement Thursday at the National Steinbeck Center in Salinas to a room filled with family, friends and supporters.

“I don’t have any doubts that I could’ve gotten elected again and because you in this room have elected, almost counting primaries, 40 times,” said Farr.

But he said looking ahead to his next birthday on the Fourth of July helped motivate his decision.  He’s turning 75 and wants to spend more time with family.

A first challenger has emerged in next year’s campaign for the 20th Congressional District seat on the Central Coast.  She is Casey Lucius, a member of the Pacific Grove City Council for three years and a candidate for the Republican nomination against veteran Democratic Congressman Sam Farr.

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