|Elk Grove mayoral candidate Gary Davis|
The editorial board of the Sacramento Bee announced that the second term council member had earned their endorsement saying Davis "seems to have gotten the message that Elk Grove needs to refocus its attention on retaining businesses already in town and filling up empty storefronts."
The endorsement also said that "in this weak field, six-year councilman Davis is the best choice."
The editorial noted that of Davis' five other opponents only two others, Elk Grove City Council Member Sophia Scherman and Lynn Wheat were serious contenders.
In their endorsement The Bee noted that "Davis deserves credit for personally picking up the phone and calling officials at the California Prison Health Care Services to persuade that agency's leaders to move their headquarters and 1,500 jobs along with it to Elk Grove."
The story noted the Davis may be changing his stance on the city's controversial sphere of influence application that seeks to annex 8,000 acres as he his working with SACOG to reduce it even further. The endorsement noted that Davis has been criticized for his close ties to land speculators.