Republican Ron Unz Joins Race for Boxer’s U.S. Senate Seat

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LOS ANGELES (AP) —

Another Republican has joined the race to succeed California Sen. Barbara Boxer.

Ron Unz, a previous candidate for governor and U.S. Senate, said Wednesday he filed paperwork in Santa Clara County to enter a race in which the leading candidate is state Attorney General Kamala Harris.

He acknowledges he’s unlikely to win.

Unz says his primary reason for running is to bring attention to an effort to repeal Proposition 227 — a ballot proposal he pushed in 1998 that dismantled California’s bilingual education system.

The theoretical-physicist-turned-software-developer calls the effort to repeal it “absurd.”

Unz joins Republicans Duf Sundheim and Tom Del Beccaro on a ballot that also includes Democratic congresswoman Loretta Sanchez.

Democrats are strongly favored to hold the seat in November.

The primary is June 7.