A Democrat who currently serves as a West Sacramento councilman and is the son of a former state senator has created a campaign committee to run in 2014 for an Assembly seat covering much of Sacramento.
Mark Johannessen's formation of a 7th Assembly District campaign committee does not commit him to run, but he said Friday that he's "in it to win it."
"Now is a good time to start the dialog of reinforcing regionalism," he said.
Johannessen, 56, is an attorney and certified public accountant. His father is Maurice Johannessen, a Redding Republican who served in the Senate from 1993 to 2002.
Johannessen is jockeying to succeed Assemblyman Roger Dickinson, D-Sacramento, who has created a campaign committee to run for the Senate seat to be vacated by President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg in 2014.
Democrat Richard Pan, whose district stretches from south Sacramento to Elk Grove, also is exploring a bid for Steinberg's seat when the veteran legislator is forced from office by term limits.
Johnannessen is targeting an Assembly district that stretches from Elverta, Antelope and Rio Linda south through downtown Sacramento, West Sacramento, and to the Fruitridge area.
"I'd like to try to bring the region together and have the river connecting us, instead of dividing us. We've got bridges to do together, we've got streetcars to do together, we've got economic development to do together that's going to benefit both sides of the river," he said.
Johannessen's second term on the West Sacramento City Council ends in November 2014.
Sacramento City Councilman Kevin McCarty also has been mentioned as a possible candidate for the Sacramento Assembly seat. He ran unsuccessfully against Dickinson in 2010.
PHOTO CREDIT: Mark Johannessen, West Sacramento City Council web site.