TORRANCE — Torrance School Board member and State Deputy Attorney General Al Muratsuchi is a candidate for the newly drawn 66th Assembly District.
The district, drawn by the independent Citizens Redistricting Commission, contains most of the South Bay, including Torrance, Gardena and Palos Verdes Peninsula.
“I’m running for Assembly because I know firsthand how the dysfunction in Sacramento is harming our schools and our communities,” said Muratsuchi. “I want to fight for change in Sacramento and make good jobs, good schools, safe neighborhoods, and a clean environment my top priorities.”
Muratsuchi was elected to the Torrance School Board in 2005 and re-elected in 2009 as the top vote-getter in a field of seven candidates. He served as president of the board in 2009. He has also served on the Torrance Planning Commission and Torrance Environmental Quality and Energy Conservation Commission. A Democrat, he has been president of the Torrance Sister City Association and on the Board of Directors of the League of Women Voters of Torrance.
Muratsuchi is also a prosecutor with the Health Quality Enforcement Section of the California Department of Justice. Prior to joining the department in 2001, he was a criminal prosecutor with the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office and the Santa Ana City Attorney’s Office.
A graduate of UC Berkeley and UCLA School of Law, he has lived in the South Bay for more than 15 years, and is married with one daughter.
His campaign listed among his supporters State Sen. Ted Lieu, Assemblymember Mike Eng, Torrance City Councilmembers Cliff Numark and Pat Furey, Lomita City Councilmember Don Suminaga, and Torrance School Board members Mark Steffen, Terry Ragins, Michael Wermers and Gary Kuwahara.
There is no incumbent in the new district. Assemblymember Betsy Butler, a Democrat who now represents the 53rd Assembly District, will run in the 50th Assembly District. Republican Nathan Mintz, who ran against Butler for the 53rd Assembly District, has declared his candidacy for the new 66th Assembly District.