Laura Capps rules out run in 2016
April 28, 2015
The daughter of Rep. Lois Calls announced Monday that she will not join the congressional race to replace her mother, though she did not rule out a possible campaign in the future.
Earlier this month, Lois Capps said she would retire when her current term ends in late 2016. Following the announcement, rumors swirled about the possibility of 42-year-old Laura Capps making a run for Congress.
The younger Capps and her husband recently settled full time in Santa Barbara, making her eligible to run in the 24th District. But Laura Capps said in a Facebook post that a cross-country commute would prevent her from being the type of mom she tries to be.
“It would be the ultimate honor for me to represent this incredible district in Congress,” Laura Capps wrote. “After giving this campaign serious consideration, however, I’ve decided that now is not the right time for me, Bill and our four-year-old son, and I will not be seeking election to Congress in 2016.”
Three Democrats and two Republicans have already announced their intention to run. The Democrats currently in the race are Santa Barbara Mayor Helene Schneider, Santa Barbara County Supervisor Salud Carbajal and San Luis Obispo farmer Bill Ostrander.
The Republican candidates are Assemblyman Katcho Achadjian and Justin Fareed, a former challenger to Lois Capps.