Speier contemplates next move following defeat
By Jeff Shuttleworth, Bay City News Service
June 7, 2006
One day after being defeated by California Department of Insurance
Commissioner John Garamendi in the lieutenant governor race, state
Sen. Jackie Speier, D-San Mateo, must now decide what her next
career move will be.
Just before noon today, with 100 percent of the precincts reporting,
Garamendi garnered 43.4 percent of the votes while Speier received
38.6 percent of the votes. State Sen. Liz Figueroa, D-Fremont,
received 18 percent of the votes, according to California Secretary
of State Bruce McPherson's Web site.
"She won by huge margins in Northern California, especially
in the Bay Area," Speier's campaign spokesman Nathan Ballard
said. However, "It wasn't quite enough to overcome the name
recognition" that Garamendi has.
As for what's next for Speier, Ballard said she will continue
to work as a state senator and advocate for consumer protections.
"She's got some time to think about what she's going to
do next," Ballard said. "She's got plenty of opportunities.
We know that she will do something meaningful."
Speier's current state Senate term will end in December of this
Today, Ballard said Speier is spending the day at her son's graduation
from Menlo School in Atherton. Speier's son will attend Stanford
University in the fall.
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