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Open primary season for Imperial County

September 17, 2001|By AARON CLAVERIE, Staff Writer

When and if Gov. Gray Davis signs off on the new congressional, state Senate and Assembly districts, it will set up a wide open 2002 election primary season for those wanting to represent Imperial County.

The representative for California's 52nd congressional district, Duncan Hunter, R-Alpine, cannot run for an 11th term as the Imperial Valley's congressman because the Imperial Valley will be added to Rep. Bob Filner's 51st District.

Filner said he will run for re-election and campaign in the Imperial Valley.

Hunter said he was disappointed that the Valley had been removed from his district and asked California legislators to keep the Valley in his district.

State Sen. Jim Battin, R-La Quinta, will not represent the Imperial Valley after January 2003 because his 37th state Senate District will consist entirely of Riverside County communities.

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The Imperial Valley will be added to the 40th state Senate District, which has been represented by Steve Peace, D-San Diego. Peace cannot run for re-election here due to term limits.

In the Assembly, the race will be run without the incumbent assemblyman, David Kelley, R-Idyllwild.

Kelley found himself living in the 64th Assembly District after redistricting.

He said Friday he will run for election in the 64th.

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