California Rep. Janice Hahn on Wednesday said that she won’t be seeking a re-election next year, when the country will stage its presidential polls, and announced she would go for the local office in Los Angeles.
Releasing a statement on Wednesday, she announced her decision to run for the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, where her late father, Kenneth, had also served for four decades.
The board is known for directing justice, social and transportation programs for the 10 million residents of the county.
Hahn, who turned as the first Democrat in the new Congress to opt out of polls, cited the growing frustration with the partisan gridlock in Washington as the reason behind his decision.
“Washington is broken, it’s increasingly mired in political gridlock, and there’s virtually zero cooperation between the two parties. That’s not the kind of government I grew up with, and it’s precisely why I know I can do more for the Los Angeles region on the board of supervisors,” Hahn said.
The 62-year-leader has been serving in the House since 2011, when she replaced fellow Democrat Jane Harman after his retirement.
Even though Democrats use to dominate the Los Angeles board that comprises five members, they have very grim prospects for capturing a House majority soon.
Republicans enjoy a 245-188 House edge, with two vacancies in the so-called GOP-held seats. Democrats would require to gain 30 seats to win the control over the House in the 2016 elections.