Yet she waited patiently in the basement office of the Alameda County registrar of voters, joining other candidates on the first day they could take out nomination papers for the June primary election.
Hayashi is virtually assured of winning the Democratic nomination in June, and her second two-year term in the general election next November. As of Jan. 22, according to the California Secretary of State's Office, total district voter registration is 189,386, 54.5 percent of which is Democratic.
The new Assembly term begins Dec. 1. The 18th District includes Ashland, Cherryland, Hayward, San Leandro, San Lorenzo, Sunol, most of Castro Valley and Pleasanton and part of Oakland.
Hayashi's campaign war chest continues to grow. She raised $132,404 during the last six months of 2007, according to campaign reports filed with the Secretary of State's Office, and had $108,000 remaining at the end of the year.
She's holding a fundraising luncheon in Sacramento on Feb. 27, with tickets ranging from $1,000 to $3,600.
One potential Democratic challenger, who has filed an intention of candidacy with the state, is Jason Teramoto, a former caseworker with U.S. Rep. Pete Stark, D-Fremont. Three years ago, Teramoto of Pleasanton was student body president at Las Positas College in Livermore.
Stark's district director, Jo Cazenave, also was at the registrar's office on Monday morning, obtaining papers for her boss. Cazenave pointed out that she took a vacation day, and was not politicking on the federal time clock.
Assemblyman Alberto Torrico, D-Fremont, will seek re-election to a third two-year term this year. But he's looking ahead to 2010, when term limits will force him to leave the Assembly.
Newark resident Torrico has formed a committee as a prelude to running for the second district seat on the Alameda County Board of Supervisors. Gail Steele of Hayward, who has held the seat since 1992, said Monday that Torrico told her of his plans. She hasn't yet decided whether to run in 2010 for another four-year term.
The supervisorial district includes Hayward, Newark, Union City, and portions of Fremont and Sunol.
Alison Lewis of Hayward, a Steele aide and 18-year trustee of the Chabot-Las Positas Community College District, isn't running for re-election in November.
"It's long enough," Lewis said Monday.
Meanwhile, county Supervisor Nate Miley's re-election bid will include a $125-per-person fundraising roast Feb. 23 at Oakland's Sequoyah Country Club.
Political heavyweights on both sides of the hills are on the host committee. Miley's District 4 seat includes Ashland, Castro Valley, Cherryland, Fairview, and parts of Oakland and Dublin.