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Auburn Councilman Kevin Hanley decides against Assembly run

By: Gus Thomson, Journal Staff Writer
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Auburn City Councilman Kevin Hanley had decided not to run for the open District 5 Assembly seat. District 5 was extended into Auburn by the California Redistricting Commission and its southern border near Modesto left current Assemblywoman Kristin Olson, R-Modesto, outside its new boundaries. Hanley, an Auburn resident, expressed interest last month in a possible run at the open seat. As well as Auburn and portions of Ophir and Newcastle, District 5 includes Cool, Georgetown and Placerville in El Dorado County. It stretches south to Madera, Mariposa, San Andreas and Jackson. Those communities are currently in Olson’s District 25. Hanley said that while he’ll keep his options open in the future for a potential District 5 Assembly run, he wants to serve his final two years on a four-year Auburn City Council term. Hanley said there is still work to be done in three areas that he wants to devote much of his energy as a councilmember. He has served on the council for nine years and is Auburn’s representative on the Sacramento Area Council of Governments. He’s chairman of Think Auburn First and the Greater Auburn Area Fire Safe Council. Hanley said he wants to focus on creating jobs and bolstering the local economy through Think Auburn First and local business efforts, improving fire safety with the council, and helping pass the Home Rule for Auburn Charter of 2012 on the June ballot. “I believe that Auburn, by making progress in these three areas, can be a positive example for other communities in California and for the state government itself,” Hanley said. El Dorado County Supervisor Ray Nutting is also considering a potential District 5 candidacy. A Republican who has ran for the Assembly in the mid-1990s, Nutting said he’s looking at forming an exploratory committee to gauge potential support. Hanley said he was gratified with response he received from many Auburn residents who have encouraged him to run for Assembly. “I will certainly consider running for Assembly District 5 in 2014 or in the future,” Hanley said. “This district, which includes the many small towns of the Mother Lode and Sierra Nevada mountains, certainly needs someone in the Legislature who will fight to restore local control and prevent further centralization in Sacramento.” Auburn is currently in District 4, which is represented by Assemblywoman Beth Gaines, R-Roseville.