Councilman Kevin McCarty is running for re-election, but he's not promising voters he'd serve his entire four-year term if he wins.
McCarty relayed that message to The Bee's editorial board Thursday. He is running for a third term in the district representing Elmhurst, Tahoe Park and other neighborhoods on the city's southeast side.
But McCarty also narrowly lost a bid for the state Assembly in 2010 and still has his eye on the Capitol. If a few dominos fall his way - state Senate Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg is termed out in 2014 and Assemblyman Roger Dickinson is thought to be eyeing that Senate seat - McCarty is expected to make a run at the Assembly again.
"With life and politics being so unpredictable, I'm not making such a guarantee (that he'll serve a full term)," McCarty said in an email to me. "More importantly, I'm focused on one election at a time. I have a lot on my plate to focus on right now..... Arena, Budget, Charter Commission, Community Centers, Parks and implementing two new programs I spearheaded; our Whistleblower Hotline initiative and our Clean Energy Sacramento program."
Mitch Netto, an information technology manager, is running against McCarty for the council seat.