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Holmes explores run against Doolittle

Sun staff reports

AUBURN ” Auburn City Councilman Mike Holmes, the city’s former mayor, has launched an exploratory committee to research a second Republican primary challenge to incumbent Rep. John Doolittle, R-Rocklin.

Holmes garnered 33 percent of the vote in the 2006 Republican primary. Holmes said he was not planning on running for Congress again, but reconsidered in light of Doolittle’s recent legal trouble, potential ethics violations and overall poor representation.

“In January 2007, I told John Doolittle that I had no plans to run for [the 4th District Congressional] seat,” Holmes said. “Since the November 2006 General Election, a number of events have unfolded that have led me to reconsider that option.”

In a prepared statement, Holmes said that Doolittle’s behavior places the 4th Congressional District within the Democrats’ reach.

“It is time for a change and we must act quickly to ensure victory next November,” he said

A retired Navy captain and decorated Vietnam combat veteran, Holmes has served as a diplomat, educator, and public official. In a news release, he promised to bring integrity back to the office.