California State Assemblywoman Betsy Butler, D-Marina del Rey, commented Tuesday about her , which will include Santa Monica.
“I look forward to continuing my work in the State Assembly, where I have been fighting for consumers, advocating for working families and protecting the environment," she said in a statement.
Butler, a Democrat, currently represents the 53rd Assembly District. She won the race for that seat in November; it was her first election. Now, Butler is aspiring for the 50th.
“The 50th Assembly District provides a real opportunity for a candidate with a progressive agenda who wants to advance California’s laws for fairness and justice, equal access to education for all, environmental and consumer protection and good jobs for working families,” she said. “These are the core values that I share with our community. I look forward to continuing to advocate for these ideals if I am fortunate enough to be elected to a second term in the Legislature.”
Butler, who has lived in Marina del Rey for 20 years, says she already represents 1.7 percent of the constituents in the 50th Assembly District, in light of the new district's boundaries. She says she will move north to run in the new district. It is unclear exactly which city she has in mind.
Butler, who is vying against liberal activist and for the seat, has already amassed a slew of endorsements. They include Assembly Speaker John Pérez, Assemblywoman Julia Brownley, Los Angeles City Controller Wendy Greuel, California Democratic Party Vice Chair Alex Rooker and Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca. Organizations backing Butler include the Legislative LGBT Caucus and the Legislative Women’s Caucus.