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Santa Rosa Councilwoman Erin Carlstrom 'taking a look' at Assembly seat

  • Santa Rosa Vice Mayor Erin Carlstrom, right, lets out a yawn while her husband Nick Caston hands her a notepad as she follows Tuesday's City Council meeting from her iPad and takes care of her 10-day-old son at home in Santa Rosa on Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013. (CONNER JAY/ PD)

Santa Rosa Councilwoman Erin Carlstrom, who until recently was a candidate for state Senate, now is weighing a bid for the 10th District Assembly seat held by Marc Levine.

“It's something I'm taking a look at, but I'm not ready to make any announcements,” Carlstrom said this week.

Carlstrom confirmed that she has 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 spanning Marin County, part of Santa Rosa and portions of western and southern Sonoma County.

Levine, D-San Rafael, 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.

Levine Thursday said it wasn't “really worth commenting on potential candidates at this point. It's pretty early.”

Carlstrom announced her candidacy for the 2nd District Senate seat held by Noreen Evans, D-Santa Rosa, on Oct. 8, three days after she became a new mother.

“I always knew that my advocacy and votes impacted future generations, but looking at my son, that knowledge is now personal,” Carlstrom wrote in a news release announcing her Senate bid.

She said she planned to kick off her Senate campaign with a listening tour in three North Bay counties focused on job creation, public education and sustainability.

Less than a month later, Carlstrom announced that she was dropping out of the race, citing concerns that she and Sonoma County Supervisor Mike McGuire, who had entered the fray, would split the Sonoma County vote and potentially hand the Senate race to someone else.

Rumors swirled that Carlstrom was planning to enter the race for McGuire's supervisorial seat. Instead, she's positioned herself for a state Assembly bid.

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