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SAN DIEGO — San Diego City Councilman Ed Harris confirmed Wednesday that he plans to make a run for the Assembly in two years.

Harris, who will give up his place on the council next month, told City News Service he will try to succeed Speaker Toni Atkins, D-San Diego, in the 78th Assembly District.

His intentions were first reported by the O.B. Rag, an independent newspaper for Ocean Beach, which is part of Harris’ council District 2.

After Kevin Faulconer won the special election for mayor, the city lifeguard was appointed to the City Council under the condition that he not run for the seat this year. He said he “got the opportunity to feel it out, which nobody gets.”

“For me, the struggle has always been about the balance between family and career, and so my concern before was can you balance them both, and I’ve been successfully able to balance them,” Harris said. “I’ve had some conversations with some other legislators in Sacramento, who also are able to balance those two things.”

The Democrat said he was attracted to the Assembly district because it’s along the coast, which fits his interest in environmental issues.

Atkins will be termed-out after 2016.