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Republican Assemblyman Anthony Adams announced today that he will not run for re-election.

The two-term assemblyman from Hesperia recently survived a recall effort launched in response to his votes for temporary tax increases included in the February budget package. Proponents fell about 11,000 signatures short of qualifying the recall for the ballot.

Adams, who could have faced a tough challenge in the June Republican primary, said in an e-mail that he was ready to "move on to new challenges and new opportunities."

"Given the outpouring of support during the recall, I feel confident that I would have won reelection in 2010, however, I'd rather spend all my time focusing on jumpstarting a sluggish economy and dealing with the state's budget problems than deal with another campaign," he said.

He told Bee colleague Jim Sanders that he plans to study for another shot at passing the bar exam and finish a novel he has been writing.

Adams, who is wrapping up his second term in the lower house, represents the 59th Assembly District, which includes parts of Los Angeles and San Bernardino counties.

Jim Sanders contributed to this report



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