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Betsy Butler Plans Run for Assembly Seat

Former Assemblywoman Betsy Butler, who represented Redondo Beach before redistricting, will seek the 62nd Assembly District seat available in 2014.

Former Assemblywoman Betsy Butler has announced her candidacy for the 62nd Assembly District where Steven Bradford will be termed out in 2014.

Butler told friends and family that she will return to her home in Marina del Rey to run in the district, the Sacramento Bee reported Sunday.

After redistricting of her 53rd Assembly District—which included Redondo Beach—Butler made a bid to represent the 50th Assembly District (Santa Monica, West Hollywood, Malibu and Beverly Hills). She lost to former Santa Monica Mayor Richard Bloom.

Prior to her decision to seek the seat for the 50th Assembly District, activists had urged her to run for the new 66th Assembly District, which covers the Beach Cities and the Palos Verdes Peninsula. She declined, and Al Muratsuchi ended up winning the seat.

The 62nd Assembly District she seeks covers Gardena, Hawthorne, Inglewood, Lawndale, El Segundo, Del Aire, Marina del Rey, West Athens, Westmont and other parts of Los Angeles.

"I am running for Assembly to focus on legislation that reflects my values. If elected, I will continue to fight for environmental and consumer protections, equality for all, and safe and healthy lives for our seniors and those who have served this country. I pledge my continued commitment to giving a voice to the unheard," Butler said on her website.

What do you think of Betsy Butler's political plans? Tell us in the comments.

Arthur Christopher Schaper April 16, 2013 at 11:47 PM
This is the same woman who helped kill SB 1530 (which would have expedited removing teachers engaged in misconduct). Does she even deserve another bite at the apple, let alone the opportunity to represent that district?
Kent McCaman, Captain of Industry April 17, 2013 at 12:19 AM
Betsy Butler needs to stay out of politics. Butler is part of the problem, not the solution.
David Lyell April 17, 2013 at 08:19 PM
Unfortunately, AB 1530 would have done nothing to protect children and community members. I applaud Ms. Butler for her efforts to stand up for children and community members. If you have any questions, please call me. Thank you. David Lyell, Public School Teacher and UTLA Secretary, 213.368.6244
David Lyell April 18, 2013 at 03:30 PM
I'm a teacher and SB 1530 (reintroduced as in this year as SB 10) would have done nothing to protect kids. SB 1530 was a bogus bill. That is why its author, Alex Padilla, dropped the bill last month. What needed to happen, instead of introducing useless bills like 1530, is that we must make sure LAUSD follows the regulations already on the books. If LAUSD had followed up on 17 years of claims against the teacher at Miramonte, then it is unlikely he would have committed as many tragedies. LAUSD just settled 56 of the almost 200 cases against them in the Miramonte situation for $30 million. LAUSD needs to take responsibility for their actions and, to date, they have not. I am extremely grateful that Ms. Butler made the right decision, and I only wish other California State Legislators showed the same level of leadership that Ms. Butler has shown time and time again on behalf of students, teachers, parents, and community members.
David Lyell April 19, 2013 at 05:23 AM
Respectfully, I disagree, Odysseus, and I'm grateful for Betsy Butler's leadership on this and many other issues. Teachers in LAUSD frequently share with me that they are grateful that she stood up for teachers, parents, students, and community members.
L. Scott April 19, 2013 at 08:20 PM
I always understood there are different ways to say no in politics. If a bill is on the table, but is already going down, and a politician refuses the vote - that is the same as a no vote. Butler unmistakably understood this, and so did her opponent, because she got vilified for doing it... which in this case was shameful (I personally believe taking due process rights away from anyone is the wrong way to go)... Snap legislation like SB 1530 is never a good idea. It is merely a reaction to a unfortunate event. Legislation should be born of necessity, debated and molded to be just and fair for all. Ms. Butler was trying to do that when she offered amendments. Padilla declined. She abstained. That’s how politics is run. The problem is that people don’t take the time to inform themselves correctly. They hear partisan opinions on an event and take it as fact. 4 members abstained that day and Butler was/is the only one that got that much flack for it. It’s wrong to take a reprehensible event and then capitalize on the escalating hysteria for political gain. Unfortunately, we see it happen time and again, and because of fear and misinformation, the deception works more often than not. If you ask me, too many people that are doing meaningful work for our communities are taken out because of it. To me, this is one of those cases.
Virgil H. April 19, 2013 at 09:02 PM
Enough of the same Liberal Democrat politicians fishing for elected office. Career politicians like Butler are the problem with California, a once great, prosperous State.
David Lyell April 19, 2013 at 09:50 PM
Thank you, Ms. Butler, for standing up for children, parents, teachers, and community members. Your leadership is greatly appreciated!

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