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BB FURUTANI 0265.JPGFresh off a double-digit loss in his Los Angeles City Council bid, Assemblyman Warren Furutani has decided not to run for re-election this year.

The 64-year-old Gardena Democrat told the Daily Breeze that he won't seek a third and final term in the lower house.

"I felt that my run for the City Council needed to be an all-in situation by sending a clear message that I was in it to win it and not hedging my bet with the Assembly as my fall-back," Furutani told The Breeze.

Furutani lost a special election bid a vacant city council race to police Officer Joe Buscaino by 21 points last month. Under the state's new political maps, he would have to face fellow Democratic Assemblyman Isadore Hall of Compton in the 64th Assembly District.

He told The Breeze, "Isadore is an up-and-coming leader in the community, and so I have decided to support him."

Read the full Breeze story at this link.

PHOTO CREDIT: Assembly member Warren Furutani casts his first vote on the floor of the Assembly after he was is sworn in, Thursday, Feb. 7, 2008. Brian Baer, Sacramento Bee.



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