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Former assemblywoman lands new post

February 27, 2009 |  2:56 pm

Three months after she was forced out of office by term limits, former Assemblywoman Sharon Runner, a Republican from Lancaster, has found a cushy spot.

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger today appointed Runner to the state Agricultural Labor Relations Board, which meets 18 times a year. The job pays $128,109 annually.

The board was created in 1975 to "ensure peace in the fields of California by guaranteeing justice for all agricultural workers and stability in agricultural labor relations," according to its website.

The board seeks to achieve these ends by "providing orderly processes for protecting, implementing and enforcing the respective rights and responsibilities of employees, employers and labor organizations in their relations with each other."

Runner, 54, is the wife of state Sen. George Runner (R-Lancaster). She served in the Assembly from 2002 through November 2008. Before running for office, she co-founded Desert Christian Schools, where she was a preschool teacher from 1979 to 1980 and an administrator from 1980 to 1995.

Runner missed several legislative sessions toward the end of her tenure after she was diagnosed with limited scleroderma, a disease that interferes with her breathing. She announced last year that she had been put on a waiting list for a lung transplant.

-- Patrick McGreevy