California State Assemblyman Rich Gordon (D-21) announced Tuesday his campaign for re-election, placing him in competition for the seat with a stay-at home dad from Menlo Park, Chengzhi "George" Yang.
The San Mateo County Elections Office Candidate Roster lists four running for the 24th District seat on State Assembly. Political unknowns Jay Blas Jacob Cabrera and Joseph Antonelli Rosas Jr. are also running.
Gordon, a Menlo Park resident, represents the 21st Assembly District, which encompasses Redwood City, San Carlos, Menlo Park, Atherton, East Palo Alto, Woodside, Los Altos Hills, Los Gatos, Palo Alto and Portola Valley.
However, when the Citizens Redistricting Commission redrew the boundaries for the district in August 2011 to account for the population changes that took place in the past decade, it relabeled the area District 24.
The new district will be in effect after this election and includes the old cities plus La Honda, Half Moon Bay, Stanford, Mountain View, and El Granada. Leaving Gordon's district are Los Gatos and parts of San Jose, which move into District 28, and San Carlos and Redwood City, which shift into District 22.
"There are interests in common with areas that I had been representing," Gordon said, who wouldn't have to move his office any closer since it's currently on the Los Altos side of El Camino Real across from Mountain View.
"Technology, the redevelopment agencies and high-speed rail are issues that I have worked with before and I will work with the [Mountain View] officials to make sure they are represented at the state level."
The election will take place June 5.
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