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Assemblyman Muratsuchi to seek reelection, not Senate seat

Assemblyman Muratsuchi to seek reelection, not Senate seat
Assemblyman Al Muratsuchi holds his daughter, Sophia, as he is sworn in to office in 2012. He said Thursday he will run for reelection. (Rich Pedroncelli / Associated Press)

SACRAMENTO — Assemblyman Al Muratsuchi (D-Torrance) said Thursday he will run for reelection rather than join a crowded field of contenders for a state Senate seat being vacated by Sen. Ted Lieu.

Lieu’s decision to run for Congress has attracted candidates including Sandra Fluke, a nationally known activist for women's rights, and possibly former Assemblywoman Betsy Butler.

Muratsuchi said he and his family love living in the South Bay and serving the 66th Assembly District.

"After years of budget cuts and partisan bickering, California is coming back," he said in a statement. " I look forward to continuing to fight for good jobs, good schools, safe neighborhoods and a clean and healthy environment."

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Lieu, a Democrat from Torrance, is a candidate for the congressional seat being vacated by the retirement of Rep. Henry Waxman, sparking interest by several candidates in the open Senate seat.

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Democrat Vito Imbasciani, a state surgeon for the California Army National Guard, has also announced his candidacy for the 26th Senate District seat, while others are weighing a possible run.

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