On the heels the announcement that state Democratic Senator Isadore Hall will launch a campaign for the 44th Congressional District, speculation is looming that perhaps Hawthorne Mayor Chris Brown will make a bid at the Senate in 2016.
Brown scoffed at such innuendo when asked about the prospects.
“At this moment, I’m currently focused on my re-election for Mayor for the City
of Hawthorne. I’m looking forward to all the new exciting projects going on in
Hawthorne and making sure all my goals here are accomplished before I seek
Brown’s name has been prominent in conversations during the past week.
Sources have indicated that he has been contacted by elected officials within the 35th Senate District, including labor unions, as well as individuals in the business community in Sacramento about a possible run.
However, Brown continues to point to his re-election campaign for the City of Hawthorne.
“At this moment, I’m currently focused on my re-election for Mayor for the City of Hawthorne,” he said, not completely ruling out the possibility.
The filing period for Senate doesn’t begin until February 2016, giving the progressive Brown ample time to reconsider.
There are obvious reasons for his appeal in Sacramento.
During his short time in Hawthorne, Brown revitalized the city, opening as many as 15 new businesses and, completed massive infrastructure on Hawthorne Blvd., and additionally has lofty goals to reopen the Hawthorne Mall that would bring 5000 jobs to the city.
Brown slashed Hawthorne’s $6.8 million deficit and is now operating in the black for the first time in 6 years, all within his first term.
The burning question now, is will he continue to transform Hawthorne or aim to make a larger impact on constituents in Sacramento?