Roger Dickinson to seek reelection in new Assembly district

Freshman Assemblyman Roger Dickinson announced Monday that he intends to run for reelection in the newly drawn 7th Assembly District.

The decision by Dickinson, a Democrat, could have implications in the crowded game of musical chairs around Sacramento brought on by the new district lines drawn this year by the voter-approved California Citizen’s Redistricting Commission. One possibility is a showdown with fellow freshman Assemblyman Richard Pan, D-Natomas.

“It is not about district lines,” Dickinson said in written statement. “I have lived in the same Sacramento neighborhood for over 30 years, and I am honored to have been able to serve my community as a supervisor and now as a member of the State Assembly.” 

Dickinson served on the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors from 1994 until being elected to the Assembly last November — a long time in the era of term limits in the state Legislature.

Dickinson currently represents the 9th Assembly District. But his new bid will come in 7th A.D., which is located around West Sacramento and northern Sacramento County. It has about 50 percent overlap with his old Assembly district, as well as with his old supervisorial district.

The new 7th district also has some overlap with the 5th Assembly District, currently represented by Pan. Most importantly, it includes Pan’s home. For months, Sacramento political watchers have been speculating that Pan and Dickinson could face off in a Democratic primary.

Pan’s campaign spokesperson was not immediately available for comment. But, according to sources close to Pan, he’s currently looking at “multiple options.” This could include a move in the 9th district, just to the south.

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