California Assembly speaker to fight for Senate seat

Sep 20, 2015 12:10 PM by News Staff

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - California Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins plans to fight a fellow Democrat for a state Senate seat when her tenure expires.

The Los Angeles Times says Atkins will fight Marty Block for his San Diego seat next year in a highly unusual challenge that could mean a bruising and potentially costly fight in an otherwise safe district.

The challenge would have not only regional implications for Democrats but between the Assembly and Senate, which have a simmering rivalry.

Atkins says she decided to run after Block - who was elected in 2012 - indicated he won't run for a second term.

But Block says he never made any deal with Atkins.

Senate President Pro Tem Kevin De Leon says Senate Democrats will unite behind Block.

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