The first challenger for Sacramento City Council has emerged.
Kim Mack, who ran President Barack Obama's local campaign in 2008, said today that she is running against three-term incumbent Councilwoman Sandy Sheedy in the June 2012 primary.
"I'm running because sometimes you just need a fresh face," Mack told me. "There's a lot of work to be done in this district and I don't see it getting done."
Mack lives in the Northpointe neighborhood, adjacent to Robla on the northern side of Sheedy's District 2. The district also covers several other neighborhoods north of the American River, including North Sacramento, Del Paso Heights, Hagginwood and Woodlake.
Sheedy has held the office since 2000. She ran unopposed in 2008.
In addition to acting as Obama's field director in Sacramento, Mack also worked on Ami Bera's unsuccessful campaign to unseat Rep. Dan Lungren in the 3rd Congressional District.
Her priorities for her council campaign are a common theme: public safety, education and job creation.
"I don't see these as independent issues," she said, adding she thinks council members should play a more active role in advocating for and working with public schools.
Mack has a background in public safety - she was a military police officer with the Army and was a police dispatcher in Redding and San Diego - and also worked in Sacramento County's Mental Health Services unit.
She was also an early supporter of Mayor Kevin Johnson's first attempt to turn Sacramento into a "strong mayor" form of government, but eventually left that campaign.