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Sacramento Councilman Hansen to seek re-election rather than mayor’s office

Sacramento Councilman Steve Hansen said he will seek another term in next year’s election.
Sacramento Councilman Steve Hansen said he will seek another term in next year’s election. Sacramento Bee file

Sacramento City Councilman Steve Hansen, often mentioned as a potential candidate for mayor, said he intends to stay put in his current office.

Hansen has launched a re-election campaign for the district representing the central city, Land Park and part of South Natomas and has scheduled a Sept. 17 fundraiser. He is up for re-election in June.

“I love my job,” Hansen said. “I feel like we’re accomplishing a lot and I want to continue.”

Hansen was first elected in 2012 and is the first openly gay council member in the city’s history.

Over the past year, Hansen has taken on Mayor Kevin Johnson in some high-profile battles, fueling speculation that he would run for mayor in 2016. Hansen led the successful campaign to defeat Johnson’s strong-mayor ballot measure last year and was a vocal critic of a proposal in this year’s city budget to add five positions to Johnson’s office.

For now, Hansen seems to have put the mayoral talk to rest.

“I’ve committed myself to running for re-election and I feel really good about it,” he said.

Johnson has not said whether he will seek a third term.

Council members Angelique Ashby and Allen Warren, both Johnson allies, have also been mentioned in political circles as possible mayoral contenders. Former state Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg has also said he would contemplate running if Johnson does not.

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