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Assemblyman Danny Gilmore becomes latest GOP lawmaker to retire

January 19, 2010 | 11:48 am

First-term Republican Assemblyman Danny Gilmore of Hanford made it official today -- he will not seek reelection. Gilmore becomes the third Republican state lawmaker to voluntarily quit the Legislature rather than run for another term.

"If I could sum up in one word my feeling about serving in the Legislature, that word would have to be 'frustration,'" Gilmore said in a statement today. "This most recent phase of public service does not suit my family or me."

Gilmore's statement was a blistering critique of Sacramento political culture. "There are those who enjoy political games and legislative intrigue. I'm just not one of them," he said.

His departure puts his Central Valley Assembly seat back in play for Democrats, who held the seat for a decade before Gilmore's election in 2008.

Sen. Dave Cogdill (R-Modesto) and Assemblyman Anthony Adams (R-Hesperia) also opted not to seek reelection this year.

-- Anthony York