Palo Alto Councilwoman Julie Lythcott-Haims sent out an email this morning saying she intends to run in the 5 March primary for Congress to replace Anna Eshoo, who is retiring.
Lythcott-Haims was elected to council in 2022 and has served less than one year.
As a councilwoman, she been mired in a controversy about whether she can hold a full-time job as a public speaker, in violation of a political reform law that says elected officials can only derive half of their income from such work. The Fair Political Practices Commission is trying to find a workaround for her.
Eshoo’s decision to retire has created a rare undefended seat in Congress. Lythcott-Haims joins a field that includes:
• Assemblyman Evan Low, D-Campbell;
• Santa Clara County Supervisor Joe Simitian, D-Palo Alto;
• Former San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo, a Democrat;
• Former Saratoga Councilman Rishi Kumar, a Democrat;
• Stanford graduate student Joby Bernstein, D-Palo Alto;
• And Karl Ryan, R-Los Gatos.
Lythcott-Haims, a Democrat, is an attorney, former Stanford dean and the author of three non-fiction books, “How to Raise an Adult,” “Real American: A Memoir” and “Your Turn: How to Be an Adult.”
On council, a statement from her campaign says “she has been a staunch advocate for meeting the city’s Regional Housing Needs Allocation (RHNA) goals by increasing density, raising height limits, and building more housing for the missing middle, youth, seniors and city workers.”