In an editorial published earlier today, the Sacramento Bee's editorial board offered an unqualified endorsement of Elk Grove Planning Commissioner Nancy Chaires for the vacancy on the Elk Grove City Council.
The vacancy was created when Gary Davis vacated his District 4 council seat after he was elected Mayor in November. Chaires has been supported in her quest for appointment by Davis and Elk Grove Council Member Jim Cooper.
In their endorsement of Chaires the Bee said "She is well-educated, experienced in government and, as a member of the city's planning commission since 2008, both up to date and extremely knowledgeable about issues facing Elk Grove. Also, as a woman, she would bring welcome gender diversity to what is currently an all-male council."
As for the other notably contender vying for the appointment, the Bee said Oscar O'con's public relations work with the Elk Grove Automall and Pappas Investments, both of whom have done business with the city, would force O'con to have to recuse himself on potentially important decisions. The Bee did specify what important business in the near term the city might be doing with either party.
O'con has received the backing of local business leaders as well as Council Members Steve Detrick and Pat Hume. Although Detrick and Hume nominated O'con and was rejected by Cooper and Davis, Cooper and Davis also rejected all the other names placed into nomination by Detrick and Hume at the Jan. 9 council meeting.
The council will consider the appointment at Wednesday night's meeting. If none of the five candidates receive a majority of the council votes, a special election may be scheduled.