As soon as four-term senator Barbara Boxer revealed this morning her decision not to seek re-election in 2016, political junkies began the work of predicting who might run for California’s soon-to-be-vacated seat. Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom, Attorney General Kamala Harris, Representative Jackie Speier, climate activist Tom Steyer, former L.A. mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and incumbent L.A. mayor Eric Garcetti made the Washington Post’s list. Well, you can strike Garcetti’s name out (in pencil, at least).
“I love my job and I love my city and I am committed to the work here,” he said via a statement released mid morning. “I will not run for Sen. Boxer’s seat.”