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BB DOG BILL 017 Ron Calderon.JPGState Sen. Ron Calderon has announced plans to run for Congress in a district that will likely pit him against at least one Democratic incumbent.

Calderon plans to run in the new 38th Congressional District, a San Gabriel Valley seat that shares much of the area he has represented in the state Senate. The Montebello Democrat, who is termed out in 2014, previously held an overlapping Assembly seat that is now represented by his brother, Assemblyman Charles Calderon.

"This new Congressional District, in an area historically represented by my family, will give me the opportunity to advocate for the Gateway Cities and the San Gabriel Valley on a national stage. I am incredibly excited to be launching this campaign," Calderon said in a statement, adding he will file papers with the Federal Elections Commission later this week.

Incumbent Democratic Reps. Grace Napolitano and Linda Sanchez both live in the safe Democratic district, though as Around the Capitol has noted, Sanchez has apparently not yet decided where she will run.

Calderon is far from the only state legislator planning to run for Congress under the new maps drafted by the Citizens Redistricting Commission. See a partial list compiled earlier this year at this link.

PHOTO CREDIT: Sen. Ron Calderon at a 2008 press conference at the state Capitol. Brian Baer, Sacramento Bee file.


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