Under rainy skies at a brand new housing development on Broadway, Darrell Steinberg launched his campaign for mayor.
"Today, for the future of the city I love, I announce proudly that I am a candidate for the office of mayor of Sacramento," said the former Senate leader.
Surrounded by family and a pack of elected and community leaders, an energetic Steinberg outlined his vision for Sacramento. It includes affordable housing, high wage jobs and addressing homelessness and mental health.
The former senate president says the decision to run was careful and personal.
"It just plain felt right. It felt right to come full circle and to help lead this great city that has given me so much. And I am stoked!" Steinberg said.
The seasoned politician has already earned support from peers in politics and business, but he knows he has competition.
"I think its gonna be a hard race. I have an opponent who's a very good public servant herself," Steinberg said.
Last week Mayor Pro Tem Angeligue Ashby announced she's running.
"I think what you get from me is my whole heart. I am an all-the-way-out-there type of leader," Ashby said.
The two-term council woman explained how she differs from Steinberg.
"He brings with him the bureaucracy and the pace that the state moves at, and I'm not like that. I want to move fast I want Sacramento to capitalize on the moment, I think I operate with a greater sense of urgency," Ashby said.
Ashby said her experience as a current city leader will help her push Sacramento forward.
Steinberg mentioned he's already been endorsed by a majority of both City Council and the county board of supervisors.