Laura Burton Capps, who had been expected to run for her mother’s Santa Barbara-based House seat, announced Monday that she would not be running for
"It would be the ultimate honor for me to represent this incredible district in Congress," she said in a written statement released by her husband, political consultant Bill Burton. "After giving a campaign serious consideration, however, I've decided that now is not the right time for me, Bill and our 4-year-old-son."
Lois Capps, 77, announced this month that she was retiring at the end of her term next year. Capps, a Democrat, was elected to Congress in a 1998 special election to replace her husband, Walter, after his death. Laura Burton Capps, a former speechwriter for
Announced candidates include Santa Barbara Mayor Helene Schneider, a Democrat; Justin Fareed, a