Palo Alto City Councilman Marc Berman now has his sights set on Sacramento.
Berman, who was elected to the council in 2012, said Thursday morning that he is preparing to run for the state Assembly seat currently occupied by Rich Gordon. Berman had briefly considered challenging Gordon in 2010, but withdrew from the race and went on to win a council seat.
Berman, who serves as the development director at the Silicon Valley Education Foundation, announced that he has raised more than $60,000 over the last two weeks of December as he seeks a seat in the 24th Assembly District. Gordon's term will expire in 2016.
Among his contributors, Berman said, are John Freidenrich, former board chair for Stanford University and Lucile Packard Children's Hospital, and Palo Alto High School's entrepreneurial journalism teacher Esther Wojcicki.
"I am humbled by the early outpouring of support for the campaign," Berman said in a statement. "I am honored by the encouragement I've received from so many in the community, and excited to continue the conversation about the future of our state."
As a councilman, Berman has taken a moderate and decidedly non-ideological approach. He cast a swing vote in the council's decision to place a measure on the November ballot to reduce the council's size from nine to seven seats. He had also chaired the council's Finance Committee and served on its Infrastructure Committee. Before joining the council, Berman had served on a citizen task force that surveyed the city's infrastructure needs and recommended funding sources for addressing these needs.