Mike Morrell

Mike Morrell

By Neil Nisperos, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 11/12/13, 10:15 PM PST | Updated: 8 hrs ago

RANCHO CUCAMONGA >> Assemblyman Mike Morrell, R-Rancho Cucamonga, officially announced Tuesday he will run to replace state Sen. Bill Emmerson who is stepping down because of a diminished level of commitment to the job.

Morrell said the opening for the 23rd District will be an opportunity to help a wider constituency. He represents the 40th Assembly District — about half of which is within the 23rd State Senate district, which Emmerson, R-Redlands, represents.

“I have the opportunity to be able to serve a larger audience,” Morrell said. “I serve 50 percent of that district now.”

Morrell said in a Tuesday interview he already has the endorsement of the mayors of Highland, Loma Linda and Rancho Cucamonga, and has received encouragement to run for the seat from his supporters.

“I believe that I will be able to seamlessly assume the duties of senator and effectively represent the Senate district,” Morrell said in his official statement. “In the State Assembly, I have the privilege of already representing half of the seat. I’ve lived in the Inland Empire all my life – I know the people and their concerns.”

Assemblyman Tim Donnelly, R-Hesperia, was also considering running for both the governor’s seat and for Emmerson’s seat concurrently, over the weekend, but had ruled that out, his gubernatorial campaign spokesman said.

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