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GOP Assemblyman Anthony Adams won’t seek reelection

January 5, 2010 |  2:07 pm

Battered by a failed recall attempt, Republican state Assemblyman Anthony Adams of Hesperia announced today he will not run for reelection this year.

Adams said he wanted to focus on the state's budget problems in his remaining year without the distraction of running a campaign that he acknowledged would have been difficult and likely to feature strong opposition.

"It would have been a very contentious campaign,'' Adams said. "I'm confident I would have won reelection, but that's not important. What's important is getting California out of the political and budget mess we are in.''

Adams, 38, was elected in 2006 to the Assembly, representing portions of Los Angeles and San Bernardino counties. After he voted with the Democratic majority for tax increases last year, fellow Republicans launched a recall attempt, but it fell short of the signatures needed to put the recall on the ballot.

As for plans after he leaves office at the end of the year, Adams said he wanted to finish a suspense novel he was writing and may take the bar exam so he can become a practicing attorney.

-- Patrick McGreevy in Sacramento