By Greg Cappis, Redlands Daily Facts
Posted: 10/07/13, 11:17 PM PDT |

Assemblyman Tim Donnelly has not officially declared a run for governor but said on Monday the support he received during a weekend GOP convention is pushing him toward making a formal announcement.

Donnelly, a Republican whose 33rd District in San Bernardino County includes Adelanto, Apple Valley, Baker, Barstow, Big Bear City, Big Bear Lake and Big River, referred to himself as “one of the gubernatorial candidates who is exploring a run.”

“After the response from this weekend’s convention, it clearly looks like the majority of the activists in the Republican Party are with me,” he said by phone.

At the convention in Anaheim, Donnelly was cheered as another Republican candidate — former Lt. Gov. Abel Maldonado — was booed for taking more moderate stances, according to reports.

Donnelly, who has been in the Assembly since 2010, said he would run on three key issues — lowering income taxes, protecting constitutional rights like the 2nd Amendment and ensuring immigrants obtain citizenship and its accompanying benefits legally.

“I believe I will win this race with support from the Tea Party, Libertarians, disgruntled Democrats and the fastest growing party — decline-to-state,” he said.

Decline-to-state are voters who choose not to identify with a specific party. Similar to claiming independent, they make up 20.9 percent of the voting population as of February, according to the Public Policy Institute of California.

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