John Laird will not run for state Senate
September 14, 2011
John Laird announced today that he will not run for the State Senate in 2012.
“This was not an easy decision to make,” Laird said in a press release. “Serving the Central Coast in the State Assembly was one of the greatest honors and pleasures in my life.
“With the partisan gerrymander of the 15th Senate District about to end, voters in the new Central Coast Senate District will have the chance to elect a senator who will understand and reflect their concerns for quality public education, strong environmental protection, rebuilding our economy with green jobs and ending the gridlock in Sacramento.
“In January, I was called upon by Governor Brown to serve in his cabinet as Secretary of the Natural Resources Agency. I am honored to have this opportunity to serve the people of California alongside the many hard working professionals who serve in the departments, commissions, boards and conservancies that make up the Natural Resources Agency.
“Together we are making a profound difference in protecting and restoring the state’s natural resources, and there is much to do. It is a challenge I cannot walk away from right now given the difficult times we face in California.
“I want to thank all those who urged me to run. I look forward to many more years of public service.”