DUBLIN -- Mayor Tim Sbranti announced Thursday he is running in 2014 for the state Assembly seat that Joan Buchanan will vacate because of term limits.

Sbranti, 38, a Democrat, teaches at Dublin High School, and chairs the political involvement committee for the California Teachers Association.

He announced in a written statement and website video that he is running in the 16th Assembly District, which includes Dublin, Pleasanton, Walnut Creek, San Ramon, Danville and Lamorinda.

A Dublin councilman for 10 years, Sbranti had no opponents in the November election when he won his third two-year term as Dublin mayor.

In a phone interview, Sbranti said his teaching and city council experience has prepared him for the state's challenges in improving public education, attracting jobs, and balancing the budget and managing pension costs.

"We have to focus on California being business friendly to attract jobs," he said.

Orinda City Councilman Steve Glazer and Danville Mayor Newell Arnerich also have announced they will run for the office.

Assemblywoman Joan Buchanan, D-Alamo, announced her endorsement of Sbranti.

Contact Denis Cuff at 925-943-8267. Follow him at Twitter.com/deniscuff



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