Two more potential, high-profile candidates say no to running for Miller’s seat in Congress

By Allen Payton

Following Congressman George Miller’s retirement announcement last week, two candidates who have been suggested as potential candidates for California’s 11th District, which Miller represents and includes part of Antioch, have said they won’t be running.

Contra Costa District Attorney Mark Peterson said last Friday, that he’s focused on his reelection, which is on the ballot in June, and won’t be running for Congress.

Another high-profile individual, who is known nationally, Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberg, who lives in the district issued the following statement, on January 14.

I believe I can best use my skills, experience, and the public platform I have been given as an advocate for the traveling public and for promoting safety in general and I am not considering a run for public office,” Sullenberg said.

He’s known as the Hero of the Hudson for the emergency landing in the Hudson River, of the U.S. Airways plane he was piloting, five years ago, last week.

The 62-year-old native of Danville is a best-selling author and has received honors from both Presidents Obama and George W. Bush. He is now an airline safety advocate.

So far, only State Senator Mark DeSaulnier on the Democrat side and on the Republican side, retired federal immigration Judge Tue Phan-Quang, who lives in Danville, have announced they will seek the open congressional seat, for which filing opens February 10th. More information about the judge can be learned from a Youtube video, by clicking here.

The voter registration figures for the district are 49.5% Democrat, 25% Republican and 21% independent.

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