Steve Garvey, a former MLB player for the San Diego Padres and Los Angeles Dodgers, has announced his candidacy for the late Dianne Feinstein's seat i 20243.
Garvey, who's 74 years old, is jumping into California’s crowded U.S. Senate race as a Republican.
“We need fresh voices; we need new ideas. We need people who are going to be exactly that: for the people,” Garvey, who played first base for the Dodgers and the San Diego Padres through the 1970s and the 1980s, said in an interview. “Simply, I’m running for all the people — the things that affect the daily lives of people in California.”
Garvey said he decided to run because of his frustration with the current state of politics. He said “family issues” — including the economy and inflation, crime and education — are the focus of his campaign.
“Many people know me; they know my name,” he said. “I think people will believe in me, and they’ll feel that their voice becomes my voice and I’ll go to bat for them every day.”
He also enters an already competitive primary that includes Democratic Reps. Adam Schiff, Katie Porter and Barbara Lee. Newly sworn-in Democratic Sen. Laphonza Butler — whom Gov. Gavin Newsom appointed to temporarily fill Feinstein’s seat after she died last month — could also jump into the race but has not yet revealed her plans.
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