A regular fixture at Elk Grove City Council meetings for 12 years, Ms. Wheat said she was motivated to enter the race because of her concern the direction Elk Grove is taking. In particular Wheat pointed to land use matters, poor decision making, poor fiscal stewardship and regularly deviating from the city's general plans.
"I feel compelled to run for the office of mayor because I can no longer sit by and witness the poor decision making, poor fiscal stewardship, and piecemeal land use planning driven by politics and not by the general plan which was adopted in 2003 and was to be the guiding blueprint for our city," Wheat said.
A 21-year Elk Grove resident and registered nurse, Wheat said the city should address existing problems instead of the pursuing efforts to annex 8,000 acres through the sphere of influence process.
"We have thousands of struggling homeowners, renters and business owners who are fighting to financially survive while our city council members will have spent a million dollars of our tax monies to expand our current city boundaries by 8,000 acres," Wheat said. "Our current leaders say this is to bring jobs but they cannot seem to fill up our existing shopping centers vacancies and empty homes."
Wheat also said she will not be accepting monetary contributions in her campaign against the five other candidates already in the race.
"Recently, one council member publicly said that 'it takes a lot of money to run a campaign.' I feel differently," Wheat said. "I believe the public will hear the message I am delivering and will know that their vote can bring new leadership with true representation of what the people really want."