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    Hector Amezcua Bee file, 2011 Sen. Mimi Walters, R-Irvine – listening to debate on the state budget in June 2011 – has confirmed she will run for XXXXX xxxxxJohn Campbell's congressional seat. A blogger says several other potential candidates may join the race.

The Buzz: Walters to seek congressional seat of retiring Rep. Campbell

Published: Saturday, Jun. 29, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 3A
Last Modified: Sunday, Jun. 30, 2013 - 3:51 pm

Republican Orange County Rep. John Campbell announced Thursday that he will retire from Congress next year, and one California legislator has already said she will run for his spot.

Everett Rice, a spokesman for state Sen. Mimi Walters, R-Irvine, confirmed that she would run for the 45th Congressional District seat.

The 2014 election will mark the first time the seat in the heavily Republican district has been open since Campbell was elected in 2005.

"At the end of this term, I will have spent 14 years serving in full-time, elected politics," Campbell said in a prepared statement. "I am not nor did I ever intend to be a career politician. I am ready to begin a new chapter in my life."

The filing period for candidates looking to enter the race doesn't begin until March.

Conservative blogger Jon Fleischman, who is based in Orange County, said several names have surfaced, but with the exception of Walters, are still weighing their options.

"When congressional seats become open, really once in a blue moon, you tend to attract lots of candidates who have never set foot in the political arena before," Fleischman said. "There's no way of knowing who you'll get."

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