Monday, August 26, 2013
STATEMENT OF ASSEMBLY MAJORITY LEADER TONI ATKINS REGARDING DECISION NOT TO RUN FOR MAYOR OF SAN DIEGO
(San Diego) Today, Assembly Majority Leader Toni Atkins issued the following statement regarding her decision to not run for Mayor of San Diego:
“In the past few weeks many people have contacted me encouraging me to run for Mayor of San Diego should the office become vacant. Now that Mayor Filner has resigned, I wanted to share with you my decision – reached after much careful consideration – that I will not be a candidate for Mayor.
I am deeply committed to helping the city heal and move forward. But I also take very seriously my responsibility to the people who elected me to represent the 78th Assembly District in Sacramento and to my colleagues in the Assembly, whom I have the privilege of serving as Majority Leader.
The simple truth is that I love the job I have now—being able to help advance San Diego’s interests and concerns in the Legislature and being able to have a statewide impact on vital issues like increasing access to health care, growing our economy and honoring the debt we owe to our veterans.
I want to sincerely thank everyone who encouraged me to run. I am deeply honored to have your trust and respect and I share your faith that we can move San Diego past these difficult times.”