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bruce.JPGFormer Secretary of State Bruce McPherson is considering another bid for office in 2012.

McPherson, who lost a 2006 secretary of state race to Democrat Debra Bowen, told the Santa Cruz Sentinel that he is leaning towards running for a seat on the Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors.

The Sentinel reports:

McPherson said Thursday his is considering a run to succeed Mark Stone in the county's 5th District, which includes Scotts Valley and the San Lorenzo Valley. Active in several local civic endeavors, McPherson said he is interested in local politics because it is the "best, most responsive form of government," and could bring his state-level experience to a changing relationship between state and local government.

"I am leaning in the direction of 'yes' to run," McPherson said.

A former Santa Cruz Sentinel editor and publisher, McPherson first entered politics in 1993, forging a reputation as a moderate Republican. He served two terms in the Assembly, leaving in 1997 when he was elected to the state Senate. He served there for eight years before term limits ended his legislative career.

n 2005, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger nominated him to be Secretary of State, and he won support from the Democrat-controlled Assembly.

Click here to read the full Sentinel piece.

PHOTO CREDIT: Bruce McPherson. Brian Baer / Sacramento Bee file


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