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March 23, 2009

Announcing a campaign on Twitter

Here’s another milestone for Twitter: The first congressional candidate has announced his campaign through the trendy social networking site.

Adriel Hampton, an investigator for the San Francisco city attorney’s office, announced Monday on Twitter that he was running for California Democratic Rep. Ellen O. Tauscher’s soon-to-be vacant House seat.

His tweet? “I’m running for the House Representatives.”

Hampton, a former political editor for the San Francisco Examiner, is also the first candidate to jump into the special election to replace Tauscher in California’s 10th District.

Tauscher was nominated last week by the Obama administration to serve as undersecretary of state for arms control. A special election date has not yet been set.

“President Obama showed us what loose networks of concerned citizens can do, becoming the first ‘social media’ candidate,” Hampton said in a statement on his website. “I want to use these new tools to join him in Washington, D.C., to transform a government that has become strangely disconnected from the everyday realities of people in District 10.”

Despite Hampton’s early and unique entrance into the race, he will face a steep climb to win the nomination.

Democratic state Sen. Mark DeSaulnier is emerging as one of the front-runners in the Democratic-leaning seat but won’t announce his campaign until Tauscher officially resigns. Another Democrat, newly elected Assemblywoman Joan Buchanan, is also mulling over a run.