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Senator Kehoe may enter 2012 San Diego Mayor race

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - Sen. Christine Kehoe, D-San Diego, announced Thursday that she is forming an exploratory committee for a possible campaign for mayor in 2012.

The committee will be formed by the end of the week, Kehoe said.

If she officially enters the race, she would be the third major candidate to vie to succeed Jerry Sanders, along with Councilman Carl DeMaio and District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis. A final decision on whether to actually run will be made at a later date, she said.

"Since my first election to the San Diego City Council, I have been committed to addressing our city's problems with practical solutions," said Kehoe, who in 1993 became the area's first openly gay politician to win an elected office.

She served on the council until 2000, when she was elected to the state Assembly. She's now in her second term in the Senate and will be forced out of office by term limits.

"The challenges San Diegans face together can be resolved," Kehoe said. "We need honest solutions that don't cause more problems than they solve. Working together and using common sense, we can get San Diego back on the right track."

She touted accomplishments in her various offices, including the development of the City Heights Urban Plaza, the extension of Interstate 15 through the mid-city, reforms for the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority and allowing domestic partners to receive equal benefits.

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