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State Sen. Christine Kehoe, a Democrat, may run for San Diego mayor

June 2, 2011 |  8:41 am

Kehoe State Sen. Christine Kehoe (D-San Diego) announced Thursday that she has formed an exploratory committee for a possible run for San Diego mayor.

Kehoe served two terms on the San Diego City Council and is now in her second term in the state Senate.

Councilman Carl DiMaio and San Diego County Dist. Atty. Bonnie Dumanis -- both Republicans -- have already signaled their plans to run in next year's race to succeed Mayor Jerry Sanders, a Republican.

As she noted in her announcement, Kehoe was the San Diego region's first "out" member of the lesbian-gay-bisexual-transgender community to be elected to office when she joined the council in 1993.

In Sacramento, she has co-sponsored legislation protecting the rights of civil partners. She and her partner of 26 years live in North Park, according to her statement.

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--Tony Perry in San Diego

Photo: State Sen. Christine Kehoe (D-San Diego). Credit: Handout.

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