• Blakeslee not likely to run for re-election

    Facing bleak odds against his party in the newly-drawn State Senate District, Republican State Sen. Sam Blakeslee, who represents the Central Coast, announced in his hometown newspaper, the San Luis Obispo Tribune, that he would not seek re-election unless the California Supreme Court intervenes. The Court is expected to take up the issue next week of whether to use the old district lines or the new ones come November, 2012, when an initiative could be on the ballot.

    The GOP, which had originally led the campaign for redistricting under a citizen-led redistricting panel, was outraged by the results – which shift party balance in every district – and collected more than 700,000 signatures in an attempt to put the new lines before the voters.

    If Democrats could win two seats in both the Assembly and Senate, they would then have majorities which would allow their wishes to prevail when it comes to budget, tax and spending bills.

    Assemblyman Bill Monning, D-Carmel, now the only announced candidate it the race, would then have a clear shot to pick up the seat.

    “It’s a significant development,” Monning said on  his campaign Facebook page. “My plan is to continue to be methodical in my groundwork and outreach and take nothing for granted. I do appreciate his articulating his intention. If that is what comes to pass, that is obviously good news for us. I have great respect for Sen. Blakeslee and would consider him a formidable opponent.”

    Monning has also pointed out that there is rarely an uncontested seat at this level of state politics. The Republican party is expected field at least one candidate, though the local party office could not disclose who that might be.

    Redrawn Assembly District lines have also resulted in a Democratic majority for District 29, the Central Coast. There are two candidates, Mayor Carmelita Garcia, and Santa Cruz County Supervisor Mark Stone, both Democrats. Because of the new “top two” primary rule, they will likely not only face off in June but again in November.


    posted to Cedar Street Times on January 5, 2012

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