By Gary Walker

Attorney and women’s equality activist Sandra Fluke is running for office, but not for the Westside congressional seat being vacated by Rep. Henry Waxman (D- Beverly Hills).

Fluke announced this week that she will instead campaign for the state Senate seat currently held by state Sen. Ted Lieu (D- Torrance), who is running for Congress to replace Waxman.

“After careful consideration, I am proud to announce my candidacy for the 26th District of the California State Senate. I believe that the families and communities of this district —from West Hollywood to West L.A. and from Santa Monica to Torrance and beyond — deserve to have a fresh perspective from a new generation of progressive leadership in Sacramento, and I am eager to get to work fighting for the causes that matter most to our future as a community, state and nation,” reads a statement by Fluke.

Fluke came to national prominence in 2012 after House Republicans blocked her from testifying in Congress about contraceptive coverage during hearings on the Affordable Care Act. She reportedly sought the Democratic Party’s endorsement for a congressional bid last week.

The congressional race is already a crowded field that includes Lieu, former Los Angeles City Controller Wendy Greuel, author Marianne Williamson, film producer Brent Roske and several others. State Assemblyman Richard Bloom (D- Santa Monica), formerly mayor of Santa Monica, wrote last week on Twitter that he is “seriously considering running for Waxman’s seat.”

“While I strongly considered offering my candidacy for Congress, I feel there is better way for me to advance the causes that are important to our community,” Fluke said. “My entire career has been devoted to the public interest, whether representing victims of human trafficking or advocating for working families. … I am committed to continuing that fight in Sacramento, working to protect our environment, ensure our access to health care and create the jobs that are desperately needed.”