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Sharon Runner to be memorialized in California Senate next month

Late state Sen. Sharon Runner will be honored in her home district and at the Capitol in the coming weeks.

The Lancaster Republican died last week at the age of 62, following respiratory complications from a double lung transplant. First elected to the Assembly in 2002, she is best known for sponsoring Jessica’s Law, the successful 2006 initiative that tightened restrictions on sex offenders.

A public memorial service for Runner will be held on July 29 at 1 p.m. at the Grace Chapel in Lancaster, followed by a reception at the Antelope Valley Fairgrounds.

A celebration of her life and legislative service – which included six years in the Assembly and two brief stints in the Senate interrupted by her treatment for the rare autoimmune disorder scleroderma – will take place in the Senate chambers on Aug. 8 at 1 p.m, followed by a reception in the Eureka Room of the Capitol.

Donations in Runner’s memory can be made to Grace Resources, a religious charity in Lancaster that provides food, clothing, shelter, medical services and training for needy people in the Antelope Valley area.

Alexei Koseff: 916-321-5236, @akoseff

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