Saying he wants to continue working to improve California's economy, Assemblyman Nao Takasugi (R-Oxnard) filed his candidacy papers Thursday to run for a third term in the March 26 primary.
Takasugi, 73, is seeking reelection in the 37th Assembly District, which includes Oxnard, Moorpark and Thousand Oaks.
If successful, the Oxnard resident said he would continue to work to improve the state's education system and to make California more business-friendly. Takasugi cited workers' compensation reform as the most significant legislation that has occurred since he arrived in Sacramento in 1992.
Republican Central Committee member Matt Noah, a Moorpark electrical engineer and antiabortion activist, is expected to challenge Takasugi in the GOP primary. Noah has said that he plans to point out the difference between himself and Takasugi on the abortion issue. Takasugi supports abortion rights.
The winner will face Democrat Jess Herrera, 46, an Oxnard Harbor District commissioner, in the November general election.