Badlands Journal editorial board
Rep. Cardoza considering retirement…The Record
STOCKTON - It seems certain that Rep. Dennis Cardoza, D-Atwater, won't be representing Stockton after the completion of his current term, but it is not clear what his plans will be come the 2012 elections.
News reports have raised the possibility that Cardoza was considering retiring rather than running for a sixth term.
On Wednesday, his office said he hadn't yet made up his mind.
"Congressman Cardoza has not finalized his decision and will not for some time," Robin Roberts, his chief of staff, said in an email.
Maps of new political boundaries drawn by the California Citizens Redistricting Commission won't be final until later this month, and they could face legal challenges. Nevertheless, the drastically different boundaries for state and federal offices have started to shift the state's political landscape.
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One of San Joaquin County's two members of the House of Representatives, Jerry McNerney, D-Pleasanton, already has announced plans to move to San Joaquin County to run for a newly drawn 9th Congressional District that contains many of the residents currently residing in McNerney's 11th District.