Butler won’t run for Senate in 2024

Her candidacy would have complicated an already crowded race that includes several other prominent Democrats.


National News

October 23, 2023 - 9:08 AM

Then-Lt. Gov Gavin Newsom takes a selfie with Laphonza Butler, president of SEIU local 2015, before speaking at Greater Zion Church in Compton, California, on June 3, 2018. Photo by Jay L. Clendenin/Los Angeles Times/TNS

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Newly appointed California Democratic Sen. Laphonza Butler announced Thursday she will not seek election to a full term in 2024, avoiding what would have been a costly and bruising race for the seat held for three decades by the late Dianne Feinstein.

Butler — who was named earlier this month by Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom to complete Feinstein’s remaining term — said she made the decision after considering “what kind of life I want to have, what kind of service I want to offer and what kind of voice I want to bring forward.”

“Knowing you can win a campaign doesn’t always mean you should run a campaign. I know this will be a surprise to many because traditionally we don’t see those who have power let it go.” 

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