Speaking from Golden Hall Tuesday night, Atkins was pleased with early reports, and said she looks forward to continuing to work on issues “important to California.” She named affordable housing, energy, infrastructure, healthcare, transportation and water as top priorities.
But she admitted that strong Republican showings across the nation mean “we must be mindful that there are voters who are hurting. Obviously, they are dissatisfied,” she said.
Atkins pointed to strong turnout for Donald Trump in the rust belt states, and said California must pay attention.
“We have to continue to focus on job creation and expansion here in California,” she maintained.
Atkins has served in the State Assembly since 2010 and served as speaker of the Assembly for two years. Before joining the state Legislature, she served on the San Diego City Council for eight years.
Atkins will succeed Sen. Marty Block, who is stepping down from the seat after one term.
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