New California attorney general seeks re-election in 2018

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) California's new attorney general is seeking re-election next year as lawmakers and Gov. Jerry Brown look to the state's top law enforcement official as a shield against some Trump administration policies.

Xavier Becerra (HAHV'-ee-ayr BUH'-cehr-uh) made his re-election bid official on Thursday, less than a month after taking over the office.

Becerra, of Los Angeles, promised to defend California's "forward-leaning" values against what he called the president's "unconstitutional and un-American executive orders that shouldn't see the light of day."

He noted his parents, who immigrated from Mexico, once faced discrimination that he vowed to combat.

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Brown appointed Becerra to complete the term of fellow Democrat Kamala Harris after she was elected to the U.S. Senate.

He previously told state lawmakers he intended to run for a full term in 2018.