Gavin Newsom Says He’s Not Running for Reelection

Democrat candidate who reportedly moved to district for employment is actually unemployed

Gavin Newsom was elected to fill the newly vacated congressional seat for San Francisco. Last night, he announced that he was leaving the District and moving to the East Bay.

“My family is my first priority and I have decided that it is the right time to move to a new home and start the next chapter of my life,” Newsom said.


“Though, I do look forward to continuing to serve as an officer of the United States Congress,” he wrote.

Newsom’s announcement immediately led to speculation as to whether he would actually be running for reelection to the seat.

But, in an exclusive interview, Newsom said he was not running.

“We don’t have a political campaign at this time, and I don’t think that’s right. I am not going to be running a campaign and I don’t think it’s the right time for me to be a candidate for reelection,” Newsom said. “I have moved to Oakland and I will remain there.”

That’s not exactly why Newsom decided to run for reelection, though, according to the San Francisco Chronicle’s Joe Garofoli, who wrote a column on Newsom’s move out of district this morning.

“I think that that was a mistake,” Newsom said. “I have never been in the role of being an incumbent for very long and I think the voters may have had other things on their minds. … I have very little interest in being involved in any campaign, for obvious reasons.”

However, he did say he would be a candidate for a new position, possibly with the District’s Office of Education.

“I have not taken a position on the new board and there may be other opportunities for me,” Newsom said. “I believe in the merit-based approach to all issues of education, public, private and charter schools.”

Here’s a look at Newsom’s potential new gig:

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