Assemblyman Ben Hueso, D-San Diego, may have just sworn in, but he is already readying a run for the Southern California Senate seat set to be vacated by state Sen. and Democratic Rep.-elect Juan Vargas in the coming weeks.
Hueso confirmed his decision to U-T San Diego on Monday the same day he was sworn in for a second term in the state Assembly. Vargas, who has yet to announce when he will give up his Senate seat, has already endorsed Hueso's candidacy.
Hueso told the newspaper that the Senate offers a "bigger base of support."
Once Vargas resigns, Gov. Jerry Brown will call a special election to fill the seat. The primary contest will be held about sixteen weeks from that date.
Sen. Gloria Negrete McLeod, D-Chino, will also step down from the Senate to take a seat in Congress.
Because both senators were last elected to their seats in 2010, the contests will be held using the state's pre- redistricting political maps.
Torey Van Oot
Sen. Kevin de León appeared Tuesday with the primary backer of Proposition 39, billionaire Tom Steyer, to unveil Senate Bill 39. Steyer's initiative raises corporate taxes to finance green energy programs, and de León's bill would provide grants for schools, with priority given to older, more inefficient buildings in low-income areas, among other criteria.
Bee Capitol Bureau
"I actually started my term in the Assembly with a splash."
ASSEMBLYWOMAN MARIE WALDRON, R-Escondido, a freshman whose office had been flooded by a leaky ceiling when she arrived for her swearing-in Monday
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