News that Rep. Lynn Woolsey could retire in 2012 has already sparked talk of a crowded field of contenders for the 6th Congressional District.
The array of potential candidates to succeed the 73-year-old Democrat includes Democratic Assemblyman Jared Huffman, who the Press Democrat reports has opened up an exploratory committee to start fundraiser for a potential 2012 bid.
From the Press Democrat:
Huffman, 46, who will be termed out of the Assembly in 2012, said other Democrats are "out there jockeying for a run" and he wanted to be the first to make his plans public.
"I'm not going to be coy with people," said Huffman, whose district is encompassed by Woolsey's. "I think people are entitled to know my intentions."
Anticipating stiff competition and a $500,000 cost to compete in the 2012 primary, Huffman said he wants potential backers to know he is running "before they commit to another candidate."
If Woolsey seeks re-election in two years, Huffman said he will "absolutely support her."
(Democratic state Sen. Noreen) Evans, 55, who served three terms in the Assembly and won the 2nd District Senate seat in November, is widely rumored to be eyeing Woolsey's job.
"It's a little premature," said Evans, a former Santa Rosa councilwoman and planning commissioner. "The ink isn't even dry on my certificate of election."
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