Due to some major domestic and financial issues in her life, Assemblywoman Alyson Huber announced Monday night that she will not seek a third term.
Huber, D-El Dorado Hills, has served three years in the Assembly representing a far-flung district that ranges from Lodi, Woodbridge and Acampo to Rancho Cordova and El Dorado Hills.
In a phone interview with the News-Sentinel on Monday night, Huber pledged to diligently serve the current 10th Assembly District for the remaining year of her term. Term limits would have allowed Huber to seek a third two-year term, but she said her personal life comes first.
Huber is going through what she terms a messy divorce that involves some serious real estate issues that are dividing her from her legislative duties at the Capitol. She filed for divorce from her husband, Tim Huber, on May 2.
Rumors were flying about Huber's political future since the California Citizens Redistricting Commission, on Aug. 15, placed her residence in a heavily Republican district in the foothills.
Political experts were quoted in the media as saying that she would move into a more Democratic-friendly district that includes Rancho Cordova, Citrus Heights, Rancho Murieta, Wilton and rural areas south of Rancho Cordova.
Other options had Huber considering moving to Lodi and representing the newly created 9th Assembly District, or running for Congress against Republican Dan Lungren.
The Sacramento Bee reported last week that Huber would likely move to Rancho Cordova and run for a third term in the Assembly. She wouldn't say when she made the decision not to run again.
Huber is in default on a million-dollar mortgage in El Dorado Hills. She and her husband also own a second home there.
"It's life, and life is messy," Huber said.
She has two children, ages 7 and 9, and two adult stepchildren. The younger children also factor in to why Huber won't seek a third term.
"It's the best decision for my children, for my health and the constituents of the 10th Assembly District," Huber said.
She repeated that she will work hard in the final year of her term to solve the problems facing the state.
The state budget problems haven't gone away, though she said the Legislature has made significant progress. Although the current $11 billion budget deficit is significant, Huber said it's a major improvement over the $24 billion deficit in 2010.
Huber said she also wants to continue her work to eliminate unnecessary state boards, commissions and agencies that have cost taxpayers dearly.
Knowing that she only has one year remaining in office, Huber said it will make her work that much harder to make a difference.
"I love the district I represent," she said.
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