Laguna Niguel Councilwoman Patricia C. Bates said Wednesday she is testing the political waters and is "75% sure" she will run for a new state Assembly district seat.
Bates, who served as mayor of Laguna Niguel during its first two years as a city, said her decision will depend upon the response she receives from the community in coming days.
"I've been urged (to enter the race) by friends and colleagues alike because Laguna Niguel is right in the heart of the district," Bates said. "I'm maybe 75% sure that I will."
The state Supreme Court must still give final approval to a proposed reapportionment map that would create the 73rd Assembly District, which would stretch along the coast from Laguna Beach to Carlsbad.
Since the proposed boundaries were announced, Bates said, residents from Laguna Niguel and surrounding communities have offered to support her if she decides to seek the higher office. Supporters have formed a committee to explore the possibility of her candidacy, she said.
Bates said she will make a decision once she receives a recommendation from the panel, likely within the week.
Dana Point Mayor Mike Eggers has already announced that he will enter the race. Carlsbad Mayor Claude Lewis is also considering running.
"I can almost tell you I'm going to run," Lewis said Wednesday, "but we haven't made an official declaration."
The state Supreme Court is expected to issue a decision on the reapportionment map by Jan. 28.