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Allan Targeting State Assembly Seat
Allan, 56, who previously announced he would not seek re-election for his City Council seat in 2012, said the creation of a new Assembly district that includes all of La Mesa and nearby Lemon Grove and Bonita -- places where he is well-known -- he felt the opportunity was right to pursue many of the key issues that need to be attacked at the state level.
Allan said that he intends to run as an Independent as a clear message that he wants to represent all voters.
"I want to represent everyone,'' Allan said. "Maybe it will hurt me, I don't know, but I will be running as an Independent. I've been listening to the people and I think they are ready for something different.''
Allan, a former fire fighter and union president, has worked as a district president for the California League of Cities representing La Mesa but also working closely with a number of cities that will form the heart of the new 79th district.
The district includes part of the City of San Diego, La Mesa, Lemon Grove, Bonita and extends into Chula Vista in the South Bay.
Allan has been an outspoken critic of many of state government's tactics to handle its fiscal problem by encroaching on local revenues. He has been particularly critical of the on-going use of Prop. 172 funds that he says drains funds from local municipalities and are used for state and county endeavors that were not the original intent of the proposition.
"There's a lot that needs to be fixed and much of it is at the state level,'' Allan said. "I hope to make a difference.''
He said he would be forming an election team and raising funds to purse the seat.
Allan quickly won the endorsement of La Mesa Mayor Art Madrid, City Council member Mark Arapostathis, and City Council candidate Jim Wieboldt, all of whom greeted Allan's announcement as a good thing for La Mesa.