Anthony Adams,  CD-8

CD-8: Former California Republican Assemblyman Anthony Adams to Run for Open Congressional Seat

This probably won’t make the National Republican Congressional Committte or California conservatives too happy.


Former Republican Assemblyman Anthony Adams is looking to return to politics with a bid for an open inland Southern California congressional seat.

Adams, who recently changed his registration to decline-to-state, plans to run as a “no party preference” candidate on the ballot for the 8th Congressional District. The Republican-leaning seat, which stretches along the Nevada border, has attracted a handful of candidates already, including Assemblyman Paul Cook, R-Yucca Valley, and Minuteman Greg Imus, a former chief of staff to GOP Assemblyman Tim Donnelly.

Adams, of Hesperia, decided not to run for a third and final terms in the state Assembly in 2010 after surviving a recall effort sparked by his vote to temporarily increase taxes as part of a 2009 budget deal. He said at the time that he wanted to try to pass the bar exam and finish a novel he had been working on.

The new California top two election system may very well play to Anthony Adams strength – moderate Republican and independent voters.

Certainly, it is in the realm of possibility that Adams could be running against his former party in November.

The demographics of California CD-8 are here.

Stay tuned…