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.

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