McCarty, a Democrat, seeks to replace Assemblyman Roger Dickinson, who has formed a campaign committee to run for the state Senate when President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg is termed out next year.
"Targeting absentee landlords, creating green jobs, launching anti-truancy programs and getting illegal guns off our streets are just a few of the things that I focused on as a member of the City Council," McCarty said in a written statement. "I'm running for the state Assembly because I know I can do more."
McCarty, in 2010, narrowly lost to Dickinson in the Democratic primary for the Assembly seat representing much of the city of Sacramento. Vote counting was so close that the outcome was not decided until 16 days after ballots were cast.
McCarty's council term does not expire until 2016, so he need not resign from his current position to run for the Assembly.
McCarty's resume includes stints as an advocate for Preschool California; policy director for lieutenant governor's office; and as a budget and legislative adviser to the Assembly.
West Sacramento Councilman Mark Johannessen, an attorney and certified public accountant, also has announced plans to run in the primary for Dickinson's seat. A Democrat, he is the son of former state Sen. Maurice Johannessen, a Redding Republican who served in the state Senate from 1993 to 2002.
PHOTO CREDIT: Councilman Kevin McCarty at Sacramento City Hall on Feb. 26, 2013. Paul Kitagaki/photographer/Sacramento Bee