Miles, an attorney and member of the San Juan Unified School District Board of Education, announced today that he will run for the newly drawn 8th Assembly District. Miles said he decided to run after Assemblywoman Alyson Huber, D-El Dorado Hills, announced that she would not seek re-election to the seat.
The Sacramento Democrat believes his two decades of living in the Arden-Arcade area and the seven years he has spent representing a portion of the new district on the school board will give him an edge with voters in June. He plans to make public education a top issue in his campaign.
"I think that my experience, my background as a mediator, a school board member, as someone who represents small business all come into play," he said in an interview.
Miles ran unsuccessfully in the 2010 Democratic primary for the former 5th Assembly District, losing to now-Assemblyman Richard Pan, D-Sacramento, by about 18 percentage points. He said he believes the ability for Republicans and decline-to-state voters who have supported him for school board to cast a ballot for his primary bid under the top-two primary system will help his campaign this time around.
A roughly two-point registration advantage for Democrats is expected to make the seat a top target next year.
The race has already attracted several other candidates, including Democrats Ken Cooley, a Rancho Cordova councilman, and Chris Parker, a Franchise Tax Board attorney, and Republican Peter Tateishi, chief of staff to U.S. Rep. Dan Lungren. Republican businessman Jon Bagatelos, also a former Assembly candidate, is also weighing a run.
Photo courtsey of Larry Miles.