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chrisparker.jpgAttorney Chris Parker has opened a campaign committee to raise cash to run for a competitive Assembly seat in the Sacramento region.

The committee paperwork filed by the Sacramento Democrat indicates that he is considering a run in the new 8th Assembly District. Democrats have a less than three percentage point registration advantage over Republicans in the district, making the East Sacramento County seat a potential top target in next year's election.

Parker, 36, has been an attorney with the Franchise Tax Board since 2004. He ran unsuccessfully for the Board of Equalization in 2010, losing a bid for an expansive Republican-leaning seat to former GOP Sen. George Runner. It appears Parker, who is currently registered to vote in downtown Sacramento, will have to move to be eligible to run. He was not immediately available to comment on his plans Tuesday morning.

The open seat, which is not home to any incumbents, is likely to attract a crowded field of candidates. Republican Peter Tateishi, chief of staff to GOP Rep. Dan Lungren, has announced a bid for the seat and Assembly Republican Caucus consultant Doug Haaland is also considering a run.

Democratic Assemblywoman Alyson Huber, whose El Dorado Hills home was drawn into GOP-friendly turf, could move to run for the seat, but has not made a decision. Rancho Cordova Councilman Ken Cooley, a Democrat, has said he will enter the race if Huber opts not to seek a third and final term.

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PHOTO CREDIT: Chris Parker, a 2010 candidate for Board of Equalization speaks at a candidates forum at Sac State organized by the Asian Pacific Islander American Public Affairs Association. The Sacramento Bee/Hector Amezcua


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