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20120118_ha_state_of_state0463.JPGAfter a close loss last year, former Democratic Assemblywoman Betsy Butler announced she will seek the 62nd Assembly District seat of termed out Assemblyman Steven Bradford, D-Gardena, in 2014.

In a letter to friends and supporters, Butler said she moved back to her home in Marina del Rey after losing last year in the 50th Assembly District to Richard Bloom.

Butler is in Sacramento this weekend for the California Democratic Party convention.

Butler was elected to the 53rd Assembly District in 2010, but under 2011 redistricting, her district was chopped in thirds and she opted to run for re-election in the newly opened 50th Assembly District that includes Santa Monica, West Hollywood, Malibu and Beverly Hills. Bloom was Mayor of Santa Monica. Butler was backed by Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez.

The 62nd District Butler will run in includes Venice, Playa del Rey, El Segundo, Inglewood and Westchester. Butler said in her letter that she has lived in the 62nd District for more than two decades.

"It would be an honor to return to the Assembly to build on the work we did to create healthier, safer, more fair communities and give a voice to the unheard," Butler said in the letter. "...We fought for consumer rights, regulations for the dangerous practice of fracking and for safe working conditions for our farmworkers."

PHOTO CREDIT: Assemblywoman Betsy Butler, D-Marina del Rey listens to Gov. Jerry Brown, as he delivers his State of the State address in 2012. The Sacramento Bee/Hector Amezcua



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