State Sen. Mark DeSaulnier (D-Concord) continues to rake in early endorsements for his second congressional bid, including one from the man he seeks to succeed.
"(DeSaulnier) is progressive, results-driven, and has a deep connection to the communities and neighborhoods in this district," U.S. Rep. George Miller (D-Martinez) said last week. "Most importantly, Mark embodies the issues and values that I have fought for throughout my career."
Miller, 68, announced Jan. 13 that he would retire from the House of Representatives after his current term -- his 20th in Congress.
DeSaulnier, a second-term state senator, was the first candidate to publicly throw his hat into the ring to fill the forthcoming 11th Congressional District vacancy. The 61-year-old currently represents about 70% of Miller's district in the California State Senate.
With Miller's backing in hand, DeSaulnier has now received public support from six sitting U.S. representatives. Additionally, he's gotten endorsements from five California Assembly members, 22 sitting state senators and nearly 50 local elected officials, including Danville Mayor Robert Storer.
"I have a great deal of respect for Mark and believe he will do a good job on behalf of Danville," Storer said. "It's not about party, it's about finding the right person for the job. And I believe Mark has shown he has the skill-set needed to achieve and find success in Congress on our behalf."
This is DeSaulnier's second run for Congress.
He tried to earn a seat in 2009 in the old 10th District -- prior to 2012 redistricting -- after former U.S. Rep. Ellen Tauscher resigned to join the U.S. State Department. He lost in the special primary election to fellow Democrat John Garamendi, who eventually won the seat.
In addition to Danville, the 11th Congressional District consists of most of Contra Costa County, including Richmond to the west, Pittsburg to the east and the central-county communities such as Concord, Pleasant Hill, Walnut Creek, Orinda and Lafayette.