LOS ANGELES — California Democratic Sen. Laphonza Butler, recently appointed by Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom to complete the remaining term of the late Dianne Feinstein, has announced that she will not be seeking election for a full term in 2024, avoiding a potentially costly and competitive race.
In a statement, Butler explained that her decision was based on careful consideration of the life she wants to lead, the service she wishes to provide, and the voice she wants to amplify. She acknowledged that just because one can win a campaign doesn’t necessarily mean they should run one. “I know this may come as a surprise to many, as it is uncommon for those in power to willingly relinquish it,” Butler stated. “Although it may not be the expected decision, it is the right one for me.”
Butler’s candidacy would have further complicated an already crowded race, featuring prominent Democrats like U.S. Reps. Katie Porter, Adam Schiff, and Barbara Lee, as well as Republican Steve Garvey, a former baseball MVP.
Prior to her appointment, Butler, a former labor leader and Democratic insider, had never held public office.