Despite speculation that she would run for Congress in 2016, Laura Burton Capps will not make a bid for her mother's seat next year, she announced Monday.
“It would be the ultimate honor for me to represent this incredible district in Congress," Laura Burton Capps said in an email statement. "After giving a campaign serious consideration, however, I’ve decided that now is not the right time for me, Bill (Burton) and our 4-year-old son, and I will not be seeking election to Congress in 2016."
Burton Capps' mother, Rep. Lois Capps, D-Santa Barbara, announced April 8 she would not seek re-election after the current session of Congress ends, sparking intense speculation on who would run for her place once an open seat make the race more competitive.
Burton Capps was one of the top candidates rumored to be considering a bid for the 24th Congressional District seat, which represents San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties, as well as part of Ventura County. She lives with husband Bill Burton and their son in Santa Barbara.
In her statement, Burton Capps commended the members of Congress with young families but said a cross-country commute to serve in Washington would "make it hard for me to be the mom I try to be every day."
Official contenders for the 24th District seat include San Luis Obispo farmer Bill Ostrander, Santa Barbara County Supervisor Salud Carbajal and Santa Barbara Mayor Helene Schneider — all Democrats — and Republicans Justin Fareed, a 2014 congressional candidate, and State Assemblyman Katcho Achadjian.