Saldana, a native San Diegan, is the most recognizable opponent to run against incumbent Kevin Faulconer.
Faulconer has been all but unopposed since Gretchen Newsom dropped out of the race in December.
Saldana represented San Diego in the Assembly from 2004 to 2010.
Among the many bills penned by her during her time in the Legislature, Saldana considers her work co-authoring California’s landmark Global Warming legislation one of the most notable. She served in the Environmental Caucus and said she was considered one of the state’s most influential environmental voices.
Serving on the Veterans Committee, Saldana also wrote several pioneering pieces of legislation for veterans and military families.