Rep. Scott Peters announced Wednesday that, after strongly considering a run for Mayor of San Diego, he has decided to seek a fifth term in Congress in 2020.
“I just spent my first full week in the majority in Congress, with another term of seniority,” he said in a message to supporters. “It’s clear to me that I will have more influence than ever on our San Diego and national priorities.”
“Here in Congress, I’m in a position to better serve the city I love and to help heal a country that is crippled by anger and division,” he said.
Peters, who earned an appointment to the influential House Energy and Commerce Committee last term, was re-appointed Tuesday and now ranks second on its energy subcommittee and third on its environment subcommittee.
The congressman, who was an environmental attorney before entering politics, said his work on both committees is “critical to San Diego’s growing renewable energy companies” and “to keeping San Diego’s air and water clean and safe.”
Peters, who represents the 52nd Congressional District, served two terms on the San Diego City Council before his election to Congress in 2012.
He said he would endorse a mayoral candidate in the future. Both City Councilwoman Barbara Bry and Assemblyman Todd Gloria have announced their candidacies.
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