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Kelley reconsiders, will retire after current term ends

September 20, 2001|By AARON CLAVERIE, Staff Writer

SACRAMENTO — After initially considering one last run for the Assembly in the newly reconfigured 64th District, the Imperial Valley's assemblyman, David Kelley, R-Idyllwild, announced he will retire after his current term ends in January 2003.

Because of redistricting, Kelley will no longer live in the new 80th District, which consists of the Imperial and Coachella valleys but no longer his home in Idyllwild.

Kelley said last week he doesn't think his home town was purposely put in a different district for personal reasons but does think the overall redistricting process was manipulated by the Democratic Party.

He's represented the Imperial Valley and the 80th since 1998 and before that represented the Imperial Valley for eight years as the 37th District's state senator. He also represented Imperial County as its assemblyman before he was elected to the state Senate.

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The 64th district in which he lives will be made up entirely of Riverside County.

Because of term limits, Kelley could have only run for one more two-year term in the Assembly.

He said he was worried about running in the 64th because "nobody knows me."

Kelley has spent 24 years in the Senate and Assembly, representing the 73rd and 75th districts in addition to the 80th and the 37th state Senate districts.

He said he's going to spend more time on his citrus ranch but will continue to work on water issues and issues of international commerce between the U.S. and Mexico during his last year in office.

Staff Writer Aaron Claverie can be reached at 337-3419 or claverie7@hotmail.com

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