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Orange County supervisor, four others file papers to run for Assembly seat

October 5, 2009 |  5:47 pm

An Orange County supervisor and four others have filed papers to run for the state Assembly seat vacated by Michael Duvall, who resigned last month after boasting over an open microphone about his apparent sexual conquests.

Chris Norby, a Republican member of the board of supervisors, was the only elected official to file papers to run for the 72nd Assembly District seat, said Orange County Registrar Neal Kelley. Norby has served on the board since 2003.

The others who filed papers were Republican Linda Ackerman, Republican Richard Faher,  Democrat John MacMurray and Green Party candidate Jane Rands. The Secretary of State has until Oct. 12 to certify the candidates, Kelley said.

A special election to fill the seat will be held Nov. 17.  The district includes Fullerton, Anaheim, Placentia, Orange, Brea, Yorba Linda and La Habra.

Duvall, 54, a Republican who is married and was known as a proponent of family values, stepped down less than 24 hours after boasting about sexual trysts with women -- one of whom appeared to be a lobbyist with business before a committee on which Duvall was vice chairman.

The Times reported Saturday that FBI agents have talked to at least two former Duvall aides to determine if there is evidence to launch a criminal probe.  The state attorney general's office said today that they do not plan to investigate.

The incident has called attention to the ongoing issue of fraternization between lawmakers and lobbyists.

-- Robert J. Lopez