Sen. Gil Cedillo, D-Los Angeles, officially confirmed today that he will run for the 45th Assembly District. The announcement completes a cycle of seat swapping among three Los Angeles Democrats seeking a return to the Legislature in next fall's election.
"This decision fulfills a promise I made to my wife, to my family, and to my community to improve the quality of life for all Angelenos," Cedillo said in a statement.
Cedillo, who is termed out in the Senate, had planned to run for a third and final term in the 46th Assembly District seat, which he previously represented for two terms and change.
But that plan was foiled when the current holder of the 46th District -- Assembly Speaker-Elect John A. Pérez-- opted to take the leadership role instead of vacating his Assembly seat for a Senate run.
Cedillo initially pledged to challenge Pérez, but a decision by Assemblyman Kevin de León, who also sought the speaker post, to run for Cedillo's Senate seat created an open Assembly seat for Cedillo to seek.
Pérez said in a statement that he will make a victory for his lifelong friend a priority.
"Gilbert cares deeply about the concerns facing all working men and women, Latinos, and the broader community," he said in a statement. "We need legislators like Gilbert with the experience and community ties to build consensus as we address our state's ongoing economic crisis."