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Erin Carlstrom to enter state assembly race

  • Mayor Scott Bartley, left, Vice-mayor Erin Carlstrom and Council Member Gary Wysocky are shown in this file photo from Jan. 28, 2013. Carlstrom has announced her bid to become a state assemblywoman in the 10th District. (Photo by Alvin Jornada / The Press Democrat)

Having tested the waters in at least one other political race, Santa Rosa City Councilwoman Erin Carlstrom announced Tuesday that she now has her sights on becoming a state assemblywoman in the 10th District spanning Sonoma and Marin counties.

Carlstrom, a Democrat who entered and then dropped out of the race for Noreen Evans' state Senate seat, now hopes to unseat Assemblyman Marc Levine, a San Rafael Democrat who is running for re-election.

Carlstrom touted her experience “bridging political divides” in announcing her campaign for the 10th District seat.

Unlike the announcement for her state Senate bid, Carlstrom's news release made no mention of her being a new mother. It instead highlighted her work on the city council and as a “small business attorney” and “local business owner.”

Carlstrom ended her nascent campaign for Evans' Senate seat in early November because she said Sonoma County Supervisor Mike McGuire's entrance into the contest threatened to split the vote and give someone outside the county an opening.

Carlstrom also was rumored to be kicking around the idea of running for McGuire's supervisorial seat.

Carlstrom moved from her rented house in Santa Rosa's junior college neighborhood to a house in Kawana Springs on the city's southeast side. That places the 30-year-old attorney and first-term councilwoman within the 10th Assembly District, which spans Marin County, part of Santa Rosa and portions of western and southern Sonoma County.

Levine is seeking a second term. The primary for the Nov. 4 election is June 3, with the top-two vote-getters, regardless of party affiliation, advancing to the November general election.

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