With Historic Elections on the Political Horizon, Stafford Formally Enters 2018 Elk Grove Mayoral Race

July 14, 2017 |

Even though the 2018 elections are about 17 months away, given the current national political climate, those contests are already shaping up to be historic on several fronts. While much attention will be focused on Congressional elections, the foment created by the election of Donald Trump has worked its way into local politics as well.

It is in this environment that Tracie Stafford has entered the race for Elk Grove Mayor. Stafford, a small business owner, filed papers with the Elk Grove City Clerk's office this week entering the 2018 mayoral contest.

As a political novice, Stafford entered the 2016 race for Elk Grove mayor's race following Gary Davis' decision not to seek a third two-year term. In spite of initial less name recognition and a substantially smaller campaign war chest, Stafford finished in third place in the seven-person field.

Following the election, instead of disappearing as candidates often do, Stafford fully engaged in numerous political activities and social causes.  

"Ultimately running for office only increased my desire to serve," Stafford said.

Like many others across the nation, the election of Donald Trump motivated Stafford to be part of a new wave of energized political participation. As part of this new era, Stafford was accepted into and completed a program sponsored by Emerge California which is a national training that instructs women on how to run for office.

In January Stafford helped organize and emceed the Sacramento's Women's March held following the Trump inauguration. That same month Stafford was elected as one of the Democratic Party delegates for California's Ninth Assembly district in a crowded field. Among those she and her other slate members defeated was Elk Grove Mayor Steve Ly.

Along with this, Stafford was elected president of Women Democrats of Sacramento County, which was founded in 1953 and is among the oldest organization of its type in the state.  Additionally, Stafford is a board member of Chicks in Crisis and the Sacramento Indivisible Regional Action Network which represents over 50,000 activists in the Sacramento region.

All of this activity has not gone unnoticed. As part of this new wave of activism, Stafford was one of four women featured in a recent Cosmopolitan magazine article.

"I've been at the forefront of the many movements over the last seven months and throughout my life and feel the shift," Stafford said. "People are now ready to focus on what they want rather than what they don't want, and I am excited to lead those tough bipartisan conversations to build a better way for Elk Grove."


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Eye on Elk Grove said...

Tracie Stafford is an authentic Democrat who stands by her viewpoints. Agree or disagree you must admire a woman who does.

Enough of the mamby pamby Democrats on the Elk Grove City Council who want the Dems support, want them to pound the pavement for them, raise money for them, and then don’t support them in return on critical issues.

A day of reckoning is coming!

D.J. Blutarsky said...

Mayor Ly supports the Paris climate accord, is fighting global warming, and my air conditioner bill is high enough! Ly has my vote!

D.J. Blutarsky said...

Whomever gets elected Mayor, I am in favor of paying him/her a full-time salary with benefits, because their calling to serve should be rewarded by taxpayer's money. While we're at it, lets make all 5 positions fully paid.

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