FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — JUNE 19, 2013 –
By Steve Marschke
West Sacramento City Councilman Mark Johannessen made it official Thursday: he will run next year for the California Assembly seat now held by fellow Democrat Roger Dickinson. Dickinson plans to run for the State Senate seat now held by Darrell Steinberg, who will step down due to term limits.
“I am proud of what has been accomplished since my election to the West Sacramento City Council in 2006. By bringing together businesses and the community, we have created a culture of governmental efficiency that is widely respected throughout the region. Together, we have promoted economic growth, improved local schools, reduced crime, and focused on senior health and transportation issues,” said Johannessen in an emailed statement.
“Even though my campaign for Assembly is just beginning,” he added, “I have already received the support of state and local leaders including (state board of education member) Betty Yee, (Yolo) County Supervisors Mike McGowan, Jim Provenza and Don Saylor, West Sacramento City Councilmember Bill Kristoff, as well as business leaders like Mark Friedman and Jeff Savage and the support of many labor organizations and neighborhood leaders.”
Johannessen’s current city council term ends in 2014.
The two-term councilman is the son of former state senator K. Maurice Johannessen, a Republican. He’s a family law attorney.
Other West Sacramento politicians have not succeeded recently in bids for state office. Yolo County Supervisor Mike McGowan (a former local city council member) ran unsuccessfully against the elder Johannessen in a state senate race in 1994, and current mayor Chistopher Cabaldon twice failed win an Assembly seat more recently.
With Mark Johannessen in the upcoming race for the District 7 Assembly seat is Democrat Kevin McCarty, a Sacramento city councilmember who will make his second bid for the seat.
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