Fred Keeley

Panetta, Alejo among Democrats considering a run for Central Coast congressional seat

Panetta, Alejo among Democrats considering a run for Central Coast congressional seat

Monterey County Deputy Dist. Atty. Jimmy Panetta and State Assemblyman Luis Alejo (D-Watsonville) are considering bids to replace retiring longtime Rep. Sam Farr (D-Carmel).

Panetta is the son of Leon Panetta, the former secretary of Defense and CIA director who once held the seat for 16 years. The younger Panetta is seen by political observers as a strong contender.

“It is a serious consideration,” Panetta told the Los Angeles Times. Then he quickly turned to praise the man who has represented the district, which includes Salinas and San Lucas, since his father...

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