Assemblyman Rocky Chávez made it official on Thursday: He'll make the uphill run for U.S. Senate.This opens up Chavez's Assembly seat, in a safe Republican district. Looking around the district from Encinitas to Camp Pendleton, there are a handful of candidates who have the name recognition and political network to mount a serious run. Might Kristin Gaspar give it a try?
The Oceanside Republican said he will challenge Democratic frontrunner Attorney General Kamala Harris for the seat being vacated by Democrat Barbara Boxer. He is the first Republican to enter the 2016 race.
Oceanside Mayor Jim Wood would have a good chance of winning. He's nominally a Republican but liberal and well-funded by the labor unions. We know he's ambitious, as he ran for and almost won Bill Horn's Supervisor seat last year. Popular Carlsbad Mayor Matt Hall would be another formidable candidate. He has a track record of accomplishing pension reform, and was recently re-elected unopposed after defeating labor candidate Keith Blackburn in 2010.