• Matt Esnayra

LB Mayor Garcia top contender to replace Harris in US Senate

(Photo from Mayor Garcia's Instagram)

Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia is on the shortlist to replace current US Senator and vice-presidential candidate Kamala Harris in the US Senate, if former Vice President Joe Biden wins the general election in November, according to a report in the L.A Times.

Catch up quick:

📨Mr.Garcia has been ingratiating himself with San Francisco Bay Area Democrats for the past couple of years and he endorsed Newsom for governor in 2018.

Why it matters:

Governor Newsom's decision could have a considerable effect on his political future, especially if that future might take him to the Oval Office. Newsom also risks upsetting party insiders and aspiring Democrats.

👉Sidenote: California's prime state-level positions, such as governor and the two US Senate seats, have typically been filled by San Francisco Bay Area Democrats.

Here's some tea for you:

  • Political strategist and former Clinton Administration official Karen Skelton told Politico that Newsom would likely have to appoint a "Black or Latinx" hopeful to replace Harris if Biden wins the White House in November, per Newsweek.

  • Democratic strategist Rose Kapolczynski echoed the same sentiment in regards to choosing a candidate of color, "there is going to be a lot of pressure to appoint a person of color. The dynamics may be somewhat different in November and December, but I don’t think this national reckoning on racial justice is going away," per the L.A Times.

The contenders:

  • London Breed, Mayor of San Francisco

  • Robert Garcia, Mayor of Long Beach

  • Karen Bass, U.S. Representative for California's 37th congressial distrcit

  • Alex Padilla, California Secretary of State

  • Barbara Lee, U.S. Representative for California's 13th congressial district

  • Katie Porter, U.S. Representative for California's 45th congressial district

  • Libby Schaaf, Mayor of Oakland Mayor

  • Hilda Solis, Los Angeles County Supervisor

  • Eric Garcetti, Mayor of Los Angeles

  • Rep. Adam Schiff, U.S. Representative for California's 28th congressial district

  • Toni Atkins, President pro tempore of the California State Senate

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