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November 6, 2009
AM Alert: Eyeing a run

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger plans to sign into law two of the water bills passed early Wednesday morning.

Assembly Speaker Karen Bass is also scheduled to attend the 10 a.m. signing ceremony at the Tujunga Wellfield Groundwater Recovery Project in Los Angeles.

News that Republican Sen. John Benoit was appointed to the Riverside County Board of Supervisors set political circles buzzing about who might run for his seat.

Republican Assemblyman Bill Emmerson has already said he's in.

The assemblyman, who had been raising cash for a 2012 bid for the 31st Senate District, told the Press-Enterprise yesterday that he plans to move from his current home in Redlands to Hemet so he will be eligible to run for Benoit's seat.

Assemblyman Jeff Miller, R-Corona, also appears to be eying a run.

"I'm taking a very serious look at the Senate seat," he said in a statement. "I believe that my conservative voting record combined with having served a big chunk of the district for more than a decade now make me a very strong candidate."

One person who doesn't have plans to jump in anytime soon? Assemblyman Kevin Jeffries, R-Lake Elsinore.

"Congratulations to Supervisor Benoit! And yes, I'm still NOT running in the special election for his vacant Senate seat," he tweeted yesterday.

The Desert Sun has a roundup this morning that includes some additional candidates, including two Democrats: Palm Springs unified school board member Justin Blake and Arthur Bravo Guerrero, who lost to Benoit in 2008.

Once Benoit steps down, the governor will have 14 days to call a special election, meaning a primary election is likely to fall sometime in mid- to late-January.

GOV2010: GOP guv-hopeful Steve Poizner is holding a small business roundtable in Walnut with the Tri-Counties Association of Realtors. Sen. Bob Huff, R-Diamond Bar, and Assemblyman Curt Hagman, R-Chino Hills, are also scheduled to attend.

An earlier version of this post incorrectly stated that Benoit's successor will serve his remaining term and be eligible to serve two additional terms. The Bee regrets the error. This post was also updated to include a link to the Desert Sun piece.



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