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Todd Gloria announces run for state assembly

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - San Diego City Councilman Todd Gloria announced Tuesday that he will run for an Assembly seat next year.

Gloria is seeking the seat currently held by Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins, D-San Diego. He is being termed out of the City Council, and she will be termed out of the Assembly.

"You have all invested so much in me, whether it is your time, your money or simply your trust," Gloria said in his announcement.

"I am indebted to all of you and believe I have a lot more to give back to the people of San Diego," Gloria said. "I'm also excited about the

opportunity to serve other communities and to apply everything I've learned to tackle regional and statewide issues."

During his two terms on the City Council, he has served as the body's president, chairman of its Budget Committee and interim mayor, a position he

held for six months following the resignation of disgraced former Mayor Bob

Filner in August 2013.

"Among the many lessons I learned during that time, one is very clear -- when we all work together, we can make tremendous progress," Gloria said.

"Together, we have stabilized the city's budget, advocated for housing, protected our environment, and stood up for working families," he said. "I

want to continue that progress as San Diego's voice in our state Capitol."

Coinciding with Gloria's announcement, another expected candidate, Sarah Boot, said she will not run for the state office. Boot ran for City Council

last year but lost to Councilwoman Lorie Zapf.

Ed Harris, the head of the city's lifeguards union, previously announced that he would run for an Assembly seat. Harris held a San Diego City Council

seat on an interim basis for nine months after Kevin Faulconer became mayor.

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