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Marti Emerald, the television news reporter, called today to say she is entering the District 7 City Council race next June.

“I’ve decided I am running,” she said on my voice mail today. “I sent off the papers this week.”

Up until today’s announcement, Emerald was speculated to be the anointed favorite among Democrats and organized labor in the eastern San Diego district, which includes Tierrasanta, College Area and Navajo.

Emerald and her boss, J.W. August, have said she would have to step down from her position as a professional reporter if she formally declared her candidacy. We’ll put in calls this afternoon to check on the status of her employment with 10News.

The only other candidate for District 7, which has a slight Democratic registration advantage, to declare is accountant April Boling, a Republican.

The city of San Diego primary elections will be held June 3, 2008.

EVAN McLAUGHLIN

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