Former Obama official will challenge Rep. Mike Honda

Khanna has close ties to Silicon Valley and has long been considered a rising Democratic star in Northern California, but his political options have been limited by a lack of open seats in Northern California to run for — and he missed his best chance at a seat when he opted against challenging former Rep. Pete Stark (D-Calif.) in a primary. Stark was defeated by another Democrat.

His campaign will include some former Obama campaign staffers including Jeremy Bird, Larry Grisolano and Mark Beatty.

ADVERTISEMENT
Honda has been working hard to make sure Khanna can't get any traction in the race. Early endorsers include President Obama, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), Sens. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) and Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.), Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Steve Israel (D-N.Y.), and former DNC Chair Howard Dean.