State Sen. William Campbell (R-Hacienda Heights) says he will decide at the end of summer whether to run for the U. S. Senate in 1986 and probably will enter the race if major league baseball Commissioner Peter Ueberroth doesn't.
Campbell said the reputation Ueberroth built in organizing the Los Angeles Olympics puts him "in a class by himself" with voters, making him nearly unbeatable.
Ueberroth and actor Charlton Heston have often been mentioned as potential Republican candidates for the Senate seat held by Democrat Alan Cranston, but both have said they are not interested.
If Ueberroth does not run, Campbell said, "it will be a wide-open race."
Campbell said a statewide poll that he commissioned showed that his name was familiar to 33% of the voters, ranking him behind Ueberroth and Heston but ahead of many other potential candidates, including economist Arthur Laffer, Rep. Bobbi Fiedler (R-Northridge) and state Sen. Ed Davis (R-Valencia).