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HUBER.JPGReversing course, Assemblywoman Alyson Huber announced today that she will not seek re-election in a neighboring Assembly district after all.

"I have decided not to run for re-election," Huber said in a post on the Twitter website today. "I feel this is the best decision for my children, my health and my current district."

Only one month ago, the 39-year-old Democrat had announced that she will move from her El Dorado Hills home to Rancho Cordova and run next year for a newly drawn seat extending south to the Wilton area.

Huber's current Assembly district had been redrawn by the state's redistricting commission to give Republicans a 20-percentage point advantage in voter registration and to include incumbent GOP Assemblywoman Beth Gaines of Roseville.

Huber also is wrestling with several personal problems, including a contentious divorce and a default on a million-dollar mortgage in El Dorado Hills.

Neither Huber nor her political consultant, Andrew Acosta, could be reached immediately for comment after the lawmaker's Twitter announcement.

Huber blamed the default on her husband recently, saying he balked at making payments months after the couple separated and she moved out of their house on Breese Circle with their two children in January.

The assemblywoman bought a separate, $520,000 El Dorado Hills home on Terracina Drive in June. Payments on the Breese Circle home stopped immediately thereafter, records show.

Huber's husband, Tim, has declined to comment on circumstances surrounding the default, which totaled nearly $21,100 when lenders filed a notice of default in October.

An attorney by profession, Alyson Huber is completing her second term in the Assembly. She is eligible for only one more two-year stint before term limits would force her from the lower house.

Rancho Cordova Councilman Ken Cooley, a Democrat, jumped back into the Assembly race when Alyson Huber withdrew as a candidate for the 8th Assembly District, where Democratic voters outnumber Republicans by 2 percentage points.

Cooley said Alyson Huber called him Monday night to say that she would endorse him and contribute money to his campaign,.

"I'm excited about the prospect of running," said Cooley, who stepped aside in deference to Huber when the incumbent legislator announced last month that she was moving to Rancho Cordova to seek that Assembly seat.

Cooley, a nine-year Rancho Cordova councilman and two-time mayor, expressed empathy for Huber after she pulled the plug Tuesday on a re-election campaign.

"This is a wrenching thing for any member," he said of her decision. "My wish for Alyson has always been for her to make sense of what was right for her and her family. I never wavered from that."

At least one other Democrat may vie for the seat, Chris Parker, an attorney with the Franchise Tax Board who ran unsuccessfully for the Board of Equalization in 2010. Parker has opened a campaign committee for the 8th District race.

Republican hopefuls are expected to include Peter Tateishi, chief of staff for U.S. Rep. Dan Lungren, R-Gold River.

PHOTO CREDIT: Assemblywoman Alyson Huber, 2009. The Sacramento Bee/Brian Baer

* Updated at 10:20 a.m. to add Ken Cooley's decision to run for the 8th District Assembly seat, and to list other possible candidates in next year's race.



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