Peter Tateishi, a who has also served on other area commissions, has confirmed that he will run for the newly drawn 8th District state Assembly seat.
Tateishi, 31, is currently chief of staff for U.S. Rep. Dan Lungren, R-Gold River. He is a former member of the Carmichael Recreation and Park District board of directors and the Carmichael/Old Foothill Farms Community Planning Commission.
Tateishi, a Republican, also founded and currently serves as chief executive officer of the .
"I'm running because in the new district (which stretches from Citrus Heights to south of Wilton) Carmichael will be kept whole." he said. "I'm excited because I know this district well... and I feel I could represent the district well."
No incumbent resides in the district, although Assemblywoman Alyson Huber, D-El Dorado Hills, lives not far away and could easily move there to run next year, The Sacramento Bee reported.
Rancho Cordova Councilman Ken Cooley, a Democrat, announced last month that he plans to seek the seat if Huber does not, The Bee reported. Besides Tateishi, Republican Doug Haaland, a consultant for the Assembly GOP Caucus, is laying groundwork to run for the office next year.
The newly drawn Assembly district favors Democrats in voter registration, 40 percent to 38 percent, The Bee reported.
Tateishi is a graduate of and has a bachelor's degree in government from California State University, Sacramento and a master's degree in public administration from the University of Southern California.
He lives in Carmichael with his wife Anna and their daughter Victoria, 3.5 months.