Claremont Insider: Soto Announces Retirement

Saturday, March 8, 2008

Soto Announces Retirement

The FC Blog noted Thursday that Nell Soto announced she is not going to run for re-election due to her ongoing health problems.

The Daily Bulletin also ran an article by Will Bigham about Soto's decision. Since the seat is considered in a safe Democratic district, the matter will likely be decided in the June Democratic primary. Bigham reported that a number of Democrats have filed papers for the primary:

Soto cited health issues in a news release announcing her retirement. She has been absent from Sacramento since September.

"As much as my heart and mind want to continue in public service, my 81-year-old body is in need of less stress and a less vigorous schedule," Soto said.

"On the advice of my doctor, this time I am going to listen to my body and not my heart."

Several Democratic candidates have filed papers to run in June's primary election for her seat: Pomona Mayor Norma Torres, Cal Poly Pomona and Chaffey College professor Ken White, Ontario-Montclair school board member Paul Vincent Avila and Maurice E. Ayala.

The FC Blog has done a really stellar job reporting on Soto's lengthy absences from the assembly dating back to last year when they were the first ones to write about the matter.

Incidentally, former Claremont Courier reporter Gary Scott has a blog called Reporter-G and recently mentioned the FC folks. Scott has moved over to public radio and is producing Warren Olney's two shows, "Which Way LA?" and "To the Point."