Calif. assemblyman Nava prepares for AG run in 2010

Legal News Line Feb. 4, 2009, 3:59pm

Peter Nava (D)

Jerry Brown (D)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Legal Newsline) - The waiting line behind California Attorney General Jerry Brown keeps getting longer.

Santa Barbara Assemblyman Pedro Nava opened a campaign account this week in preparation for a run for attorney general in 2010.

Like the other three Democrats already waiting in line, Nava won't run unless Brown decides to forgo re-election to run for Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's post, who will be termed out of office.

Brown has not made a formal announcement, but he has done virtually everything else to make sure folks know he is running again for governor, including amassing a campaign account of more than $4 million dollars.

Once Brown makes his announcement, Nava will join San Francisco City Attorney Kamala Harris, Los Angeles City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo, Assemblyman Ted Lieu, D- Torrance, and former Assemblyman Joe Canciamillia, in formally entering the race.

The list could grow even longer among those who have not yet opened a campaign account, like Facebook Chief Privacy Officer Chris Kelly, who is rumored to be ready to jump into politics by running for the attorney general's office in 2010.

Nava raised nearly $350,000 in 2008 for his general campaign account, funds that can be switched over to be used to run for attorney general. According to the secretary of state, Nava has just shy of $200,000 cash on hand.

Nava, 60, is the chairman of the Assembly Banking and Finance Committee. The former prosecutor also has played a prominent role in the state's foreclosure crisis. He was first elected to office in 2004.

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