January 20, 2014 3:06 PM
Shea Johnson, Staff Writer

LAKE ARROWHEAD • A small business owner and political newcomer is running for the 33rd Assembly District and has tabbed the incumbent’s former chief of staff to run her campaign.

Michelle Ambrozic, 32, is the latest of candidates to declare their intention to replace Assembly-man Tim Donnelly (R-Twin Peaks) in the district that includes the High Desert as Donnelly pushes forward with a gubernatorial run.

Ambrozic’s campaign will be managed by Gregg Imus, who was Donnelly’s chief of staff in 2010. Imus won the Republican U.S. Congressional Primary in 2012, but was ultimately defeated by U.S. Rep. Paul Cook (R-Yucca Valley) in the 8th Congressional District.

Ambrozic, a self-proclaimed Republican conservative, admitted that challenges as a former political outsider include not having the established resources that veteran politicians have, yet she felt that being a fresh face may also work in her favor.

“I’m not a career politician,” she said Sunday by phone, “and I think people like that about me. I’m not climbing the ladder, so-to-speak.”

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