Barnaby Monk 1:14 p.m., June 19
Gonzalez seeks Assembly seat
Labor leader Lorena Gonzalez, the figurehead of the San Diego and Imperial Counties Labor Council, last night announced her intention to seek a California Assembly seat in the 80th District, encompassing portions of southern San Diego County.
“I’ve hammered out tough compromises between business and workers, between teachers and our school board, and between developers and environmentalists by putting practicality ahead of ideology,” Gonzales said in a release yesterday evening. “That approach worked in San Diego County and it will work in Sacramento. Extremism doesn't work. Pragmatic problem-solving does.”
San Diego Mayor Bob Filner, Congressman-elect Juan Vargas and State Assemblyman Ben Hueso (who she looks to replace) have already endorsed Gonzalez’s early announcement. She plans to run in a special election as early as next year if Hueso wins a special election promoting him to the state Senate. Failing that, she plans to challenge for the seat in 2016.