Assemblyman Richard Pan opened a campaign committee to raise money for a possible Senate campaign just one day after winning re-election to the lower house from a newly drawn district he had moved into to run, records show.
The Sacramento Democrat signed documents to launch the "Dr. Richard Pan for Senate 2014" committee on Nov. 7, while absentee and provisional ballots were still being counted in Pan's easy victory over Republican Tony Amador.
Pan moved into the 9th Assembly District after California's once-a-decade redistricting process drew Assembly boundaries that would have forced him to butt heads this year with fellow Assemblyman Roger Dickinson in the adjoining 7th Assembly District.
Pan and Dickinson both live within the Sacramento Senate district of Darrell Steinberg, leader of the upper house, who must leave the Legislature in 2014 under California's term limits.
Doug Herman, Pan's political strategist, said opening the new Senate committee allows the two-term assemblyman to raise funds for a possible candidacy but does not commit him to seek Steinberg's seat.
Meanwhile, Pan, a medical doctor by profession, will work hard for the people of the 9th District, Herman said.
Republican Bill Berryhill edged a little farther ahead Tuesday of Democrat Cathleen Galgiani in their fight for the 5th Senate District seat. Berryhill widened his lead over Friday's tally by 39 votes, to 1,504. His lead on Election Day was 4,800 votes, however. Both are waiting for areas in which they have strength to finish reporting.
"We will be seeking as broad and diverse a panel of candidates as possible to select from."
EVAN WESTRUP, spokesman for Gov. Jerry Brown, talking to the Oakhurst newspaper Sierra Star about one of Brown's next tasks appointing a replacement for Madera County Supervisor Frank Bigelow, who bested fellow Republican Rico Oller in the 5th Assembly District
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