Senate leader Darrell Steinberg, who faces the end of his legislative career next year, said Thursday he's considering a run for Sacramento mayor and appeared to rule out a campaign for statewide office next year.
"I'm fairly clear for myself that there doesn't appear to be a statewide constitutional office that I'm interested in running for in 2014," Steinberg said when The Bee asked about his interest in returning to City Hall, where he was a councilman in the 1990s.
"So as I look at other possibilities down the line, that's one possibility," he said.
The Sacramento Democrat was quick to add that he has not made any firm decisions and that he is friends with Mayor Kevin Johnson.
"It's not about him," Steinberg said. "I think he's doing a very good job."
The two worked closely during the fight to keep the Kings basketball team in town.
Johnson has not discussed if he will run for a third term in 2016 but has said he does not want any job requiring that he leave Sacramento. A call to his office wasn't returned.
Steinberg also said he's "not inclined" to run for Sacramento County district attorney.
He has nearly $800,000 in a campaign account for a 2018 run for lieutenant governor.
- Laurel Rosenhall and Ryan Lillis
Republican Elizabeth Emken, who lost to U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein last year, will once again run for office, this time challenging first-term Rep. Ami Bera, D-Elk Grove. Emken formally announced her campaign in a letter sent to donors Thursday, spokesman Mark Standriff said, adding that she has closed on a house in Fair Oaks in order to run in the district.
- Annalise Mantz
"Assembly Democrats are falling all over themselves now to support the Public Records Act, but where were they when the public was asking for their office budgets?"
ASSEMBLYWOMAN KRISTIN OLSEN, R-Modesto. A lawsuit filed by The Bee and the Los Angeles Times was needed to force the release of legislators' office budgets in 2012.