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Complaining that promised Sacramento dollars for her candidacy never showed up, Southern California real-estate agent Lonni Granlund has dropped out of the special-election race to succeed former state Sen. Bill Emmerson.

Granlund, a Yucaipa Republican, said in a statement that she had been recruited to run for the 23rd Senate District because "the prevailing sentiment was that the field of candidates was unimpressive and unable to tackle the state's anti-business philosophy."

"As a businesswoman I was viewed as someone with the skills to make a difference, but that's not enough in Sacramento," Granlund wrote on her campaign web site. "My friends, family and supporters generously stepped up to help reach the goals set for a viable campaign. Unfortunately the funding from Sacramento simply did not materialize."

Granlund, the ex-wife of former lawmaker Brett Granlund, continued, "As much as I would love to serve the people of the 23rd State Senate District, I cannot in good conscious continue in an underfunded campaign that has little or no possibility of success."

Granlund's dropping out comes two weeks before the filing deadline for the March 25 special election. A runoff, if no candidate gets a majority of the votes, is June 3.

Granlund's departure leaves Assemblyman Mike Morrell, R-Rancho Cucamonga, as the presumptive favorite in the Republican-leaning 23rd, which wraps from Rancho Cucamonga to Hemet. Calimesa Councilman Jeffrey Hewitt and San Jacinto Councilwoman Crystal Ruiz also have filed statements of intent to run for the seat.

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PHOTO: Lonni Granlund, courtesy of Granlund campaign website.



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