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October 7, 2011
Candidates entering the mix for Sacramento City Council

Some well-known names are lining up as potential candidates for City Council.

In the last few days, I've spoken with a former councilman, the head of the local NAACP branch and a north Sacramento developer about their interest in running next June.

The interest is notable, given the fact the four council members seeking re-election in June - Sandy Sheedy, Rob Fong, Kevin McCarty and Bonnie Pannell - all ran unopposed in 2008.

Among those expressing interest are Rob Kerth, a former two-term councilman and mayoral candidate from north Sacramento. He has opened a campaign committee for District 2, currently held by Councilwoman Sandy Sheedy.

Kerth, the head of the Midtown Business Association and North Sacramento Chamber of Commerce, said he hasn't made up his mind on whether to run.

Allen Warren, a north Sacramento-based developer, said he'll likely also run against Sheedy. He currently lives in Carmichael, but said he'll move back to his native Del Paso Heights if he decides to run.

Warren and Kerth would join Kim Mack - who ran President Obama's local campaign - in the District 2 race. Sheedy is seeking a fourth term.

In south Sacramento, Betty Williams, the head of Sacramento's NAACP branch, told me she is "leaning toward running" against Councilwoman Bonnie Pannell in District 8.

Candidates have until March to decide. I'll have more on these candidates - and others who have been rumored as potential candidates - in an upcoming story in The Bee.

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Ryan Lillis has covered the city of Sacramento, its 108 neighborhoods and its politicians since 2008. Prior to that, he covered crime at The Bee. A native of upstate New York, Lillis has a journalism degree from the University of California, Berkeley.

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