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.