Longtime political heavyweight Joe Simitian is backing Jerry Hill to replace him in the 13th State Senate district, Hill’s campaign announced Monday.
Assemblymember Jerry Hill is running against California Assemblymember Sally Leiber for the newly drawn district, which includes the cities of San Carlos, Redwood City, Menlo Park, Atherton, East Palo Alto, Palo Alto, Los Altos and Los Altos Hills.
Hill has also been endorsed by Senators Leland Yee and Elaine Alquist, whose district both include cities that have been drawn into the new district 13.
Simitian, who is getting termed out of the State Senate, is himself returning to the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors, where he has served in the past, in addition to his time spent on the Palo Alto School Board, Palo Alto City Council, and California State Assembly. He has focused much of his political career on public safety, education and environmental protection.
"I am honored to receive the endorsement of Senator Joe Simitian," said Assemblymember Jerry Hill, "he has represented our region and our state with passion and distinction - and I look forward to continuing to work with him for the benefit of Peninsula residents and all Californians."
A long list of veteran politicos appear to be lining up behind Hill, including Congresswoman Anna Eshoo, Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom, and nine out of the ten San Mateo and Santa Clara County Supervisors, according to the campaign. 20 out of 23 mayors of cities in the district are also backing Hill, and on July 15th, he received the endorsement of the California Democratic Party.