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The newly-elected Legislature has barely gotten back to work, but the jockeying for Sacramento-area seats up for a vote in 2014 is already underway.

Democratic Assemblyman Roger Dickinson created a campaign committee to run for the Sacramento Senate seat that will be open when Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg steps down due to term limits in 2014.

Bryan DeBlonk, a campaign adviser for the Sacramento Democrat, said while an official announcement is likely months away, the committee filing is "definitely a step in the process for running for Senate."

The move by Dickinson sets the stage for a potential 6th Senate District battle against fellow Democratic Assemblyman Richard Pan. Pan, who moved from Natomas to the Pocket area of Sacramento last year to avoid a run against Dicksinon under the state's new political maps, has also opened a committee to raise cash for a Senate run, though his strategist said in November that he has not yet finalized his plans. Both Democratic legislators would also be eligible to seek a third and final term in the state Assembly in 2014.

Sacramento County Sheriff's Department Capt. Jim Cooper has also filed papers to create a campaign committee for the 9th Assembly District, a seat stretching from South Sacramento to Lodi that is currently represented by Pan. The Elk Grove city council member, a Democrat who ran unsuccessfully for sheriff in 2010, wasn't immediately available to comment on his plans.


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