The San Diego Democrat said she will open an exploratory committee this week for the 2012 election, allowing her to begin raising money for a run. Kehoe who previously served on the San Diego City Council and represented the area in the Assembly, said in a statement that she has long "been committed to addressing our City's problems with practical solutions."
"The challenges San Diegans face together can be resolved. We need honest solutions that don't cause more problems than they solve," shes said in the statement. "Working together and using commonsense, we can get San Diego back on the right track."
A crowded field of high-profile possible candidates for the open seat has already emerged, including San Diego District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis, Democratic Rep. Bob Filner, GOP City Councilmen Kevin Faulconer and Carl DeMaio, and state Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher, R-San Diego.
A release announcing the committee said Kehoe, who is termed out in 2012, will make her final decision at "a later time."
PHOTO CREDIT: State Senator Christine Kehoe, D-San Diego at a February 2005 committee hearing in the Capitol. John Decker/Sacramento Bee.