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Mayor Johnson Won't Seek Re-Election

Rich Pedroncelli / AP

FILE - Mayor Kevin Johnson speaks during a news conference in Sacramento, Calif., Friday, April 27, 2012.

Rich Pedroncelli / AP

Update at 9:50 a.m.: Former California Senate leader Darrell Steinberg, who served on the city council before winning election to the state Legislature, says he will decide whether to run for mayor "over the next couple of days." 

Steinberg says he went to sleep Tuesday night before the mayor made his announcement, and he woke up Wednesday morning to his phone "beeping off the hook," adding that he's received lots of interest.

"I’ve enjoyed the sabbatical and I know that there is life other than public service, but it is in my blood" Steinberg told Capital Public Radio in a phone interview Wednesday morning. "There’s no greater privilege than to serve. So I want to do this in the right way and talk to my family and the community. And I will make an announcement at the right time – not too far off, but I want to do this in the right way."

Sacramento City Councilwoman Angelique Ashby will announce her candidacy for mayor at 11 a.m. in East Sacramento, where she'll be joined by the local fire fighters union.

Johnson is expected to meet with reporters at 10:15 a.m. in Oak Park.

Capital Public Radio will continue to follow this story throughout the day.

Original story: Kevin Johnson, the Sacramento native and NBA star who returned to his hometown to become its first African-American mayor, says he will not seek a third term in next year's election.

"After much thought and soul-searching I have decided not to run for a third term as mayor," Johnson wrote in a statement released on Twitter late Tuesday night. "It was an incredibly difficult choice, but one I feel confident about."

The mayor went on to write that he is not leaving for another job: "While there are many intriguing opportunities out there (and I'm excited to explore them) I honestly don't know what's next for me."

Johnson defeated two-term incumbent Mayor Heather Fargo in a bitter 2008 campaign. His legacy will include saving Sacramento's lone major professional sports franchise, the NBA's Kings, from leaving town and building a new downtown sports arena. He has also been shadowed by allegations of sexual misconduct which have re-emerged in recent weeks - although the allegations are not new and were known to voters during the 2008 campaign.

City Councilmember Angelique Ashby, who represents much of Natomas, confirmed to Capital Public Radio late Tuesday that she will run to replace Johnson. Ashby says she'll announce her candidacy Wednesday morning.

Former California Senate President pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, who served on the city council before entering the state Legislature, has also been mentioned as a possible candidate.

Kevin Johnson's statement:

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