Rich Pedroncelli Associated Press file, 2012

Elizabeth Emken has filed paperwork to raise cash for a potential House campaign, her spokesman said this week.

The Buzz: Republican Elizabeth Emken eyes challenge to Democratic Rep. Ami Bera

Published: Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 3A

Will the third time be the charm for Republican Elizabeth Emken?

The former GOP candidate for House and U.S. Senate is exploring a run against Democratic Rep. Ami Bera in Sacramento County's 7th Congressional District next year.

Emken, who lost to Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein by double digits last year, has filed paperwork to raise cash for a potential House campaign, her spokesman Mark Standriff said this week.

While the Danville Republican has not made a final decision on where she might run, Standriff said her "focus is on CD 7 and Ami Bera" right now.

Bera narrowly defeated GOP Rep. Dan Lungren last year and is expected to be a top target for Republicans, who believe the lower turnout expected in the midterm election could help them overcome Democrats' slight registration advantage in the district.

Challenging Bera would be Emken's third run for California public office. Before losing to Feinstein, Emken came in last in a four-way GOP primary for a Bay Area House seat.

Emken would likely move to Sacramento County to run in the district.

Several other Republicans from the area are said to be eyeing the seat as well.

– Torey Van Oot

THE STATE WORKER

Unions representing 13,000 state scientists and engineers filed court papers this week arguing that Gov. Jerry Brown wrongly furloughed thousands of state workers and owes them back pay. At stake is an estimated $12 million in back pay that a Sacramento judge ordered the state to pay the unions' employees. Brown has appealed the decision.

– Jon Ortiz

WORTH REPEATING

"I like to be able to go in the refrigerator in the middle of the night."

GOV. JERRY BROWN, joking about why he'd rather stay with friends than at the Washington, D.C., hotel where the National Governors Association conference is being held this weekend

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