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April 23, 2009

Buchanan running for Tauscher seat

State Assemblywoman Joan Buchanan announced this afternoon that she will be running in the special election to succeed Rep. Ellen Tauscher (D-Calif.), ensuring a highly-competitive special election for California’s 10th District.

Buchanan joins state senator Mark DeSaulnier and lieutenant governor John Garamendi as the early frontrunners in the race. She is expected to win support from the women’s group EMILY’s List, which will help her fundraise in the race.

Buchanan won political attention after winning an expensive 2008 Assembly race in an open seat previously held by a Republican.

“After consulting with hundreds of community leaders, voters, elected colleagues and activists across our region; after considering the extraordinary financial challenges facing the country; and after carefully evaluating where I can make the most significant contribution, I have decided that I will be a candidate for Congress in our district,” Buchanan said in a statement.

Tauscher endorsed DeSaulnier soon after he entered the race last month.

The seat will not become vacant until Tauscher is confirmed by the Senate as undersecretary of state for arms control and international security. When Tauscher vacates the seat, Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger will have 14 days to set a special primary election date.