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Richard Pan sets sights on California Senate; two eye his Assembly seat

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Posted: Friday, April 12, 2013 12:00 am

Richard Pan’s constituents in Lodi and Galt are just getting to know him in the reconfigured 9th Assembly District. Now he’s seeking the 6th State Senate District seat in Sacramento.

Pan spokesman Brian O’Hara confirmed on Thursday that Pan, who lives in Sacramento, will seek the State Senate seat being vacated by Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, D-Sacramento, in 2014 due to term limits.

Meanwhile, Democrat Jim Cooper of Elk Grove and Republican Manuel Martin of Lodi have announced their candidacy for Pan’s Assembly seat.

Martin, 25, is chairman and founder of the Stockton Tea Party Patriots. He was a farmer for several years and is now a mobile tech engineer for Hewlett-Packard.

A graduate of Tokay High School and San Joaquin Delta College, Martin said his biggest issue is to return California to a part-time legislature.

“A representative democracy only works as a representative (who is) living with the people, not within the enclave of Sacramento,” Martin said.

Cooper, an Elk Grove city councilman and former mayor, is a captain with the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department, where he commands the Court Security Division. He previously focused on apprehending child predators and identifying thieves as former commander of the Sacramento Valley High Tech Crimes Task Force.

Cooper has been a mayor and city councilman in Elk Grove for 13 years and a law enforcement veteran for 29 years. He fought gang violence and drug trafficking undercover for nine years, and received a Bronze Star for bravery for his role in the “Good Guys” hostage crisis in South Sacramento in 1991.

According to his campaign staff, Cooper has already been endorsed by the Sacramento Deputy Sheriffs Association, Sacramento County Supervisor Jimmy Yee and Elk Grove Mayor Gary Davis.

For more information on Cooper, visit www.cooperforassembly.com. For more on Martin, visit www.manuelforassembly.com.

Contact reporter Ross Farrow at rossf@lodinews.com.

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