From The Sacramento Bee
Prop. 8 leader, Folsom attorney, readies run for Assembly seat
By Jim Sanders email@example.com
Published: Saturday, Jun. 13, 2009 - 12:00 am Page 4A
A leader in this year's successful ballot fight to ban same-sex marriage in California is planning to run for a Sacramento-area Assembly seat.
Andrew Pugno has filed "intention to run" papers with the secretary of state, targeting the 5th Assembly District seat that will be vacated when Republican Roger Niello is termed out next year.
Pugno, who crafted Proposition 8 and helped qualify it for the ballot, is a Folsom attorney, married with two boys ages 6 and 13. He has created a campaign Web site at www.andypugno.com.
A Republican, Pugno, 36, is seeking the seat of a suburban district that covers swaths of Sacramento and Placer counties, from Folsom to North Highlands to Granite Bay.
"California is on the verge of a complete meltdown if we don't change course," Pugno said. "As a small-business owner, I see the way out of the problem is to revitalize business and get employers hiring again, putting people back to work."
Pugno expanded upon that theme in writing a column for a Republican Web site, www.flashreport.org.
"The state cannot continue to increase spending to fund the unproductive portion of our society, while the over-taxed, businesses and entrepreneurs who fuel our state's economy continue to lay off employees and shut their doors," he wrote.
"The Republican Party needs new leaders and new voices to make meaningful policy changes that will fundamentally change the way we run our state. For California, real reform is the only path to a brighter future."
Pugno said his candidacy has nothing to do with controversy over this year's tax-raising budget deal or Niello's decision to support it in return for various provisions meant to restrict state spending and stimulate the economy.
Three other candidates already have expressed interest in the 5th District seat by filing papers with the secretary of state. They are Republican Craig De Luz and Democrats Jared Gaynor and Lawrence Miles Jr.