Milpitas City Councilman Pete McHugh is running for State Assembly.
The councilman, former mayor and former county supervisor filed his candidacy papers on Friday. McHugh, 69, will take on incumbent Bob Wieckowski of Fremont — another Democrat — in a newly redrawn 25th Assembly District.
The new district lumps Milpitas in with Santa Clara, the Berryessa and Alviso neighborhoods of San Jose and is made up largely of Santa Clara County voters. Fremont and Newark in Alameda County round out the district.
Previously, the district included a larger portion of Alameda County and with a small chunk of Santa Clara County.
McHugh said he’s counting on his strong reputation as a former Santa Clara County supervisor to carry him among South Bay voters.
“I think I can do a better job for the people of Santa Clara County,” McHugh said.
Under new election laws, McHugh needs to place first or second in the June primary to move on to a runoff in November for the seat. Republican ArLyne Diamond also is running for the seat.