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Assemblyman Mike Morrell to run in vacated Inland Senate seat

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In this file photo, Assemblyman Mike Morrell, R-Redlands, addresses his colleagues at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif., Thursday, May 5, 2011. Morrell has announced he will run to replace state Sen. Bill Emmerson.

Assemblyman Mike Morrell announced Monday that he will run to replace Sen. Bill Emmerson, the Inland-area Republican who announced late last week he was resigning because he had lost his passion for the job.

Republican Morrell's 40th Assembly District includes Rancho Cucamonga, the foothills and mountains ringing San Bernardino, and the cities of Highland, Loma Linda and Redlands.

Morrell said he was surprised by Emmerson's announcement Friday and soon began receiving calls from supporters urging him to run. He said that once he made the decision, he began rounding up endorsements and so far has backing from the mayors of Highland, Loma Linda and Rancho Cucamonga.

Morrell owns a real estate company and in the past owned a home loan company.

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