From left: Senate minority leader and Sacramento veteran Bob Dutton, R-Rancho Cucamonga; freshman assemblyman Mike Morrell, R-Rancho Cucamonga. (File photos)

By Neil Nisperos, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Created: 10/12/2011 04:50:16 PM PDT

Freshman assemblyman Mike Morrell, R-Rancho Cucamonga, might be facing a fellow Rancho politician when he’s up for re-election next year.

His potential primary opponent is Senate minority leader and Sacramento veteran Bob Dutton, R-Rancho Cucamonga, who terms out of the Senate next year.

Dutton on Tuesday said he wants to continue in public service and is eyeing a run the 40th Assembly District.

“I want to continue on in public service if the people let me,” Dutton said. “I’ve learned a lot and I think I have a lot to still provide. I can still do two more terms in the Assembly. That’s currently

what my plans are, but we’ll have to wait and see.”

Dutton has been a Sacramento lawmaker since 2002 when he was elected in the 63rd Assembly District that Morrell represents now, which is comprised of Fontana, Grand Terrace, Highland, Loma Linda, Moreno Valley, Rancho Cucamonga, Redlands, Riverside, San Bernardino, Upland and Yucaipa. He was elected to the Senate in 2004.

Morrell, who owns his own real estate brokerage firm, was elected in November 2010.

“I think the citizens of our state have clearly spoken,” Morrell said. “They’re looking for new blood; someone who is going to bring practical business experience to Sacramento.”

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