Cooper Hefner, son of the late Playboy founder Hugh Hefner, introduced Monday that he’ll run for California state Senate in 2022 as a Democrat.
“I don’t know the way anybody may sit idly by proper now and watch what’s unfolding round us and never ask themselves, ‘What extra can I do to assist?’” Hefner, 28, informed PoliFonics by electronic mail a day forward of his announcement.
“I consider California and america want new leaders with daring and revolutionary concepts to step ahead and take part in manifesting a authorities that works extra successfully and smarter,” he added. “I’ve the expertise, management, and creativity to assist in that pursuit.”
Hefner mentioned he’ll marketing campaign for the 30th District seat at the moment held by Democrat Holly Mitchell, who’s working for Los Angeles supervisor on this 12 months’s election. The district consists of a part of LA.
Hefner, a businessman who’s the son of Hefner and mannequin Kimberley Conrad, labored at Playboy Enterprises earlier than stepping away in 2019. He held jobs as a marketing consultant, head of chief international partnerships, adviser to the CEO, and was the journal’s chief inventive officer for practically three years. He’s at the moment a member of the U.S. Air Power Reserves and a German Marshall Fund of america fellow.
Over the previous few years, he’s change into concerned in political causes, internet hosting a fundraiser for then-presidential candidate Kamala Harris in 2019 and making donations to the campaigns of Harris, Pete Buttigeg and Joe Biden.
Hefner mentioned he needs to concentrate on “fixing for the inequalities of the current.”
“COVID exacerbated points California and the nation have had for fairly a while,” he mentioned. “These had been points that had been usually ignored or simply managed poorly. Proper now, our authorities must be daring, engaged, and appearing to ship compelling options to critical issues just like the housing disaster. Hire and mortgage aid motion ought to happen instantly.”
Hefner is married to “Harry Potter” actress Scarlett Hefner (née Byrne). The couple, who tied the knot final 12 months after asserting their engagement in 2015, predict their first youngster collectively.
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