Georgetown Law alum Sandra Fluke to campaign for state Senate, not House

Despite her earlier consideration to run for retiring Representative Henry Waxman‘s seat in the House of Representatives, Sandra Fluke (Law ’12) has instead decided to vie for a position in the California State Senate.

In an interview with the LA Times, Fluke admitted that though she strongly considered offering her candidacy for Congress, she felt that there were other avenues through which she could best serve her California community. According to the Daily Breeze, Fluke is considered a compelling candidate for the 26th Senate District, which stretches from her home in West Hollywood through Santa Monica and south along the coast to Redondo Beach and Torrance.

“I believe that the families and communities of this district…deserve to have a fresh perspective from a new generation of progressive leadership,” she said. “I am committed to continuing that fight in Sacramento, working to protect our environment, ensure our access to health care, and create the jobs that are desperately needed.”

In her run for state office, Fluke hopes to win the Senate seat of Ted Lieu, who is vacating this position in order to pursue Waxman’s coveted spot in Congress. This allows her to avoid the uneasy task of unseating an incumbent, and as a state Senator, she will be able to work with the Democratic leadership instead of against it.

This sudden shift in campaign plans, however, has raised questions about whether or not Democratic leaders in California have pressured Fluke to “wait her turn” before running for Federal office. With more established politicians like former L.A. City Controller Wendy Greuel and Secretary of State Debra Brown also competing for Waxen’s seat, it is unlikely that Fluke would have won the Democratic Party endorsement. Political strategists also questioned whether her decision was influenced by the possibility that she and Greuel would attract too similar of a voting base.

In her interview, however, Fluke denied these allegations, assuring that these political considerations did not factor into her decision to run for the State senate. This move, she said, was solely based on her belief that she could accomplish more for her state in the state Senate than in Congress.

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