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Donnelly considering run for governor
Mitzelfelt eyes Assembly seat
Assemblyman Tim Donnelly has expressed interest in running for governor in 2014 on the grounds that the voices of Californians are not being heard.
Donnelly said in an interview with Ann-Marie Murrell from PolitiChicks.tv that he has opened an exploratory committee, which “tests the waters” to see how much support he can win. If Donnelly obtains the support he desires, he will launch an official campaign — and San Bernardino County 1st District Supervisor Brad Mitzelfelt said he may run for Donnelly’s current position as assemblyman for the 33rd District.
“I have decided to open an exploratory committee to run for governor of California because there’s nobody out there fighting for us,” Donnelly told Murrell from PolitiChicks.tv, a conservative website created for women. “My goal is to go out there and build support, raise money and see if we have a viable campaign because California needs a champion.”
The conservative Twin Peaks resident was elected to the Assembly in November 2010 but was easily elected to the 33rd District this November, after boundaries were redrawn during 2011 redistricting. Donnelly, who was a member of the anti-illegal immigration Minuteman Project, told Murrell that he plans on traveling around the state to listen to what people have to say, pointing out that many gubernatorial candidates do not listen or respond to the needs of the people.
Donnelly didn’t respond to Daily Press requests for comment on the potential move Wednesday.
His 33rd Assembly District encompasses the entire High Desert, and Mitzelfelt said that moving from the county’s 1st District would be a smooth transition for him. Mitzelfelt’s tenure as supervisor expires Monday, in the wake of a failed bid for Congress during the June primary. He said he is already creating a platform on which to run for Assembly, saying that he is leaving his post in good standing and feels there is a lot more he could accomplish in the state position.
“The relationships I have are all very relevant and current, and if Donnelly decides to run, my experience and relationships at the state level will be very beneficial to the district,” Mitzelfelt said. “I would strongly consider running for Assembly because of that.”
Donnelly said in the PolitiChicks.tv interview that he still believes California is the best state in the union and that it can be the Golden State again.
“Businesses are fleeing. Entire generations of Californians are leaving California to find a better life,” Donnelly told Murrell. “We can do a heck of a lot better.”
Lynnea Lombardo may be reached at (760) 951-6232 or at LLombardo@VVDailyPress.com.