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Community and supporters to officially kick off Atkins campaign for 76th Assembly district

(SAN DIEGO) On Saturday, January 30, 2010, former San Diego City Councilmember Toni Atkins, along with community members and supporters, will officially kick off her campaign for the 76th State Assembly seat. The seat is currently held by Assembly Member Lori Saldana, who has termed out.

“San Diego has a history of sending thoughtful and independent-minded representatives to Sacramento, including Assembly Member Saldana,” said Atkins. “I am thrilled to have her support and plan to work hard to make certain that our friends and neighbors continue to get the help from state government that they need and deserve.”

The Saturday event will be held at Ski Beach Park in Mission Bay from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

First elected to the San Diego City Council in 2000, Councilmember Atkins represented residents of Council District Three which mainly lies in the 76th Assembly District. She was overwhelmingly reelected for a second term in 2004 and later chosen by her council colleagues to serve as Acting Mayor of the City of San Diego from July 2005 to December 2005. Atkins was termed out in 2008.

A fierce advocate for affordable housing, worker's rights, and neighborhood services and revitalization, Councilmember Atkins has worked with a diverse group of individuals and organizations during her tenure. Already her campaign has received an impressive list of endorsements, including State Senators Denise Ducheny and Christine Kehoe, Assembly Members Marty Block, Mary Salas and Lori Saldana, San Diego City Council President Ben Hueso and Councilmember Todd Gloria, to name just a few. Organizations that support Councilmember Atkins include the San Diego City Firefighters Local 145, the San Diego and Imperial Counties Labor Council, AFL-CIO, the Sierra Club, the California National Organization for Women PAC and many others.