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Bee: Jim Cooper May Run for Assembly in 2014

Elk Grove City Council Member Jim Cooper filed papers to create a campaign committee for the 9th Assembly District.

Elk Grove City Council Member Jim Cooper may run for a seat in the State Assembly in 2014, the Sacramento Bee is reporting.

He filed papers to create a campaign committee for the 9th Assembly District, represented by newly elected Richard Pan, the Bee reported. Both are Democrats.

Cooper, the sole remaining council member who was elected in 2000 when Elk Grove became a city, told Patch last summer that he would likely run for one more term on the council and then retire from the body–keeping him on the city council until 2020. 

"I can guarantee I wouldn't do more than five terms," he said last year. He ran unopposed for reelection to the city council in November, winning him a term lasting until 2016.

Cooper is also a captain in the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department, and run unsuccessfully for sheriff in 2010.

If he runs for state assembly, he would be the second original city council member to do so.

Former City Council Member Sophia Scherman was elected in 2000 with Cooper, and ran unsuccessfully for state assembly, then Elk Grove mayor, last year.

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