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Simitian endorses Jerry Hill for state Senate

California Sen. Joe Simitian has endorsed state Assemblyman Jerry Hill for the new 13th State Senate District seat, Hill's campaign announced Monday, July 30.

Simitian currently represents San Carlos, Redwood City, Menlo Park, Atherton, East Palo Alto, Palo Alto, Los Altos and Los Altos Hills. His District 11 seat will be part of the redrawn district, which was reapportioned last year by the nonpartisan California Citizens Redistricting Commission and stretches from Brisbane to Sunnyvale.

State Sens. Leland Yee and Elaine Alquist, whose current districts also include cities that will become part of the new 13th district, have also endorsed Hill. He will face off against former Assemblywoman Sally Lieber on Nov. 6.

"I am honored to receive the endorsement of Sen. Joe Simitian. 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," Hill said.

Simitian is prevented by term limits from running for re-election to the state Senate. He has represented Palo Alto for the past 29 years in various positions, starting with the Palo Alto Unified School District board. He was a Palo Alto mayor and Santa Clara County supervisor, and served in the state Legislature for 12 years.

He ran again for the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors this year and won the seat with 58 percent of the vote on June 5.

Correction: An earlier version of this story had incorrect information on the number of years Simitian served in the state Legislature.

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