From an article in today’s Pasadena Star-News by Fred Ortega:
In addition to her educational background, Romero’s name recognition and well-established political track record make her a formidable candidate for the superintendent’s seat, said political expert Douglas Johnson.
“She has good organization, good labor ties and a good track record of raising money,” said Johnson, a fellow with the Rose Institute of State and Local Government at Claremont McKenna College. Romero is still a member of the California Faculty Association, the state’s leading university instructors’ union.
Johnson said many elected officials in their last terms file a statement of intent to run for another office even if they do not plan to compete for the seat, because that is the only way they can establish a committee to raise funds and pay off past campaign debts.
But he doubts that is the case with Romero, who represents the San Gabriel Valley communities of Azusa, Baldwin Park, Covina, Duarte, El Monte, Industry, Irwindale, La Puente, Monterey Park, Rosemead, South San Gabriel and West Covina.
“I highly doubt the state Senate is the last stop in her political career,” Johnson said. “It is still too early to tell, but she is definitely a strong, leading candidate.”