Eshoo to Run for Re-Election

High-speed rail, jobs, health care overhaul, rank high on veteran congresswoman's to-do list.

It's official, if not surprising: Rep. Anna G. Eshoo (D-Palo Alto) is running for re-election in the newly-drawn 18th Congressional District.

"While the redistricting process shifted some cities out of this district that I have represented for decades and added new ones, my work has always had its roots in our regional strengths and needs, and those will not change,” she said.

Eshoo will still represent .

Voters first elected Eshoo to the seat in 1992. If re-elected, this will be the Menlo Park resident’s 11th term in Congress.

She plans to focus on the Silicon Valley workforce, the environment, health care overhaul, privacy rights, and immigration reform. She will fight to preserve Social Security and Medicare and to bring troops home “from wars I’ve voted against,” she said.

“Retooling our workforce and reorienting some industries are essential to reviving the national economy long-term.,” she said. “My priorities and those of all of Silicon Valley are keeping jobs here, attracting new ones and expanding government support for new technologies that will create the next generation of industries and jobs.”

Alluding to a past year of high-profile congressional squabbling, Eshoo said this "is no time to stand down or step back.

"For those of us who believe government can be a source of solutions and a vehicle for progress, we must make it so," she said.

As the ranking member on the Communications and Technology Subcommittee, Eshoo and member of the Energy and Commerce Committee, she said she is in a prime position to help secure “affordable, reliable” broadband and an open and free Internet.

She also plans to advocate for a cohesive communications network and improved 911 call centers, she said.

She has also staked out a controversial stand as a proponent of a "blended" rail system in which high-speed rail and Caltrain would share tracks on the Peninsula – a position also advocated by state Sen. Joe Simitian, D-Palo Alto and state Assemblyman Richard Gordon, D-Menlo Park.

The 18th District spans three counties (Santa Clara, Santa Cruz and San Mateo) and encompasses 15 incorporated cities. Redrawn lines have added Los Gatos, Campbell and new portions of San Jose to the district.

It is highly unlikely the political constitution will change for the solidly Democratic region. Eshoo, 68, has repeatedly sailed into office with ease.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Santa Clara County -- in particular, the 18th District -- now enjoys the nation's highest average wages.

The district is home to NASA Ames, the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center, US Geological Service, regional headquarters for the Veterans Administration, leading high-tech companies and Stanford University.

lnon August 31, 2011 at 07:59 PM
No, I do not support her bid for yet another term in office. She supports illegal immigration, votes for higher taxes, voted for the ObamaCare debacle, and seems to support even more government spending. She has never met a tax she didn't like nor a federal spending bill that was too big. I say ahe has spent enough time at the federal trough. Time to hang it up, write your memoirs, become a lobbyist of some sort, and turn the reins over to someone a bit more fiscally moderate.
Laura Whittaker September 01, 2011 at 07:14 AM
NO! This is exactly what is wrong with our political system. Do nothing politicians who can not contribuate to anything else so they just take campaign dollars and do favors for everyone except us - the taxpayers. Eshoo should go out with the small amount of dignaty she has left.
Alice Bollard September 01, 2011 at 06:28 PM
Anna Eshoo has been working diligently for the people who need it the most no matter what the other party or group members say. I am retired, and don't have extra money to contribute for her, but I would work on her campaign if needed.
Matt September 01, 2011 at 10:15 PM
Laura Whittaker has no business assessing the dignity of Ms. Eshoo. I have known her for 38 years and she is one of the most remarkable people I have ever met. Ms. Whittaker maybe it's time to take long look in the mirror and hope it doesn't crack.
Judi Mathers September 02, 2011 at 10:00 PM
Time for new blood not the career politician. That she supports ILLEGALS says it all. Hey Anna---visit Sequoia High School and see a certain group turn their backs during the pledge of allegiance! She is for Obamacare but cannot explain why she made herself and congress EXEMPT. Wake up people.
Laura Whittaker September 03, 2011 at 08:02 AM
I am not one to usually "hit below the belt" or lower myself to other low comments BUT - if I had had the monies like Ms Eshoo has to afford the many facelifts she has had over the years - my mirror would not crack either. She may be a remarkable person, I don't disagree with that. But our district and the tired Eshoo (or should I say Pelosi/Boxer folloers) that represents us are the ones that really need the facelift.
residentwithopinions July 16, 2012 at 05:52 PM
She might be remarkable on a personal level but tne way she votes is not remarkable for this country! It is time to move on from her Feinstein Pelosi and Obama!! Wake up CA!


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