FREMONT -- Two Bay Area Congress members announced Tuesday that they will run for re-election in newly drawn districts.
Rep. Pete Stark, D-Fremont, said that he will seek a 20th term in Congress representing a district that would span from Hayward and northern Fremont eastward to Pleasanton and Livermore.
Meanwhile, Rep. Mike Honda, D-San Jose, announced that he would seek re-election in a newly drawn district that includes a chunk of Stark's former district -- the southern two-thirds of Fremont and Newark -- as well as Santa Clara, Cupertino, Sunnyvale, Milpitas and part of San Jose.
"It'll be a nice addition to the family," Honda, 70, said of the district's two Alameda County cities.
The proposed congressional districts' boundaries are scheduled to be approved Aug. 15 by the California Citizens Redistricting Commission, which was charged with drawing new Assembly, state Senate and congressional districts using population figures gathered in the 2010 census.
The commission's release of the district maps last week set off a game of political musical chairs, as Bay Area representatives decided which districts they would seek to represent. Rep. Jerry McNerney, D-Pleasanton, started the ball rolling when he announced that he would move to the San Joaquin Valley and run for re-election in a district that includes eastern Contra Costa County and Stockton. That opened up the district including Pleasanton and Livermore for Stark, whose current district stretches along the East Bay from Alameda to Fremont.
Honda and Rep. Zoe Lofgren, D-San Jose, live in a newly drawn district that stretches south from San Jose past Morgan Hill. Honda said he decided instead to run in the district that includes Fremont and Santa Clara because it encompasses more than half of his current constituents. Congress members are not required to live in the districts that they represent.
Lofgren is scheduled to announce her re-election plans at an event this weekend, according to a campaign staffer. Stark, 79, suffered a serious bout of pneumonia last year but said he had fully recovered.
"As far as I'm concerned, as long as my health is good, I will continue to run," he said.
The redistricting commission's proposals were poorly received in San Leandro and Fremont. Under the final draft, San Leandro would be grouped into congressional, state Senate and Assembly districts with Oakland, which dwarfs it in population. Fremont would split into separate Assembly and congressional districts, both of which would have Santa Clara County majorities.
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