Stafford makes official announcement challenging Cooper for 9th Assembly seat

Tracie Stafford and husband Brian Stafford with candidate filing paperwork. | 

In an email announcement released today, Tracie Stafford officially announced she is challenging fellow Democrat and California Assemblymember Jim Cooper. 

Stafford, who is considered a more mainstream Democrat than Cooper, whose law enforcement background and criminal justice policies made placed him in the so-called blue dog camp, is making her primary challenge for the 9th Assembly District. The district encompasses of Elk Grove, Galt, and portions of Lodi, Sacramento, and unincorporated Sacramento County.

In her email statement, Stafford said "I am running to give a voice to the people of this district who work every day to put food on the table, pay the rising cost of housing, raise kids and care for aging parents, all while turning over more and more of our paychecks to the rising costs of health care, housing, and transportation."

Previous to her assembly candidacy, Stafford ran for Elk Grove mayor in 2016 and 2018. Cooper was first elected to the Assembly in 2014 after serving on the Elk Grove City Council for 14 years. 

Stafford's campaign website can be viewed here

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Spoons and Forks said...

I wish Tracie good luck. She'll need to get lots of donations to mount a serious challenge. I wonder if any of Jim's skeletons will be dragged out of the closet.

Randy Bekker said...

Spoons an Forks as we will be sitting around the table soon for Thanksgiving. I am reminded that everyone has skeletons an it is best to be on your best behavior as it’s just as easy for her skeletons to surface. I like it when it’s just about issues and differences of those issues an not mud slinging. I look forward to some great debates in 2020!

D.J. Blutarsky said...

As California has shifted more to the left, even more so, I can see how Cooper might be perceived as being too conservative for his own party. But no offense to Stafford, but where are her political credentials, and has she paid her Democratic dues like all good Democratic candidates have done?

Helping people 'put food on the table and paying for housing' isn't gonna get it done. Cooper was able to bring the pork home to his district and that pork was not handed out to the little people. That pork went into the hands of farmers and big developers indirectly through the local governments.

Pork wins elections, not good soundbites or the little people!

Capt. Benjamin Willard said...

Mr. Bekker, if the great debates you are looking forward to include one for the Assembly race, I would not get your hopes too high. The best you can expect is maybe a 30-minute forum filled with talking points put together by the League of Women's Voters for the general election that will be sparsely attended. What matters most is the cash a candidate can raise, and Mr. Cooper has a mountain of it now.

Regarding Ms. Stafford, it is true she has not held elected office, but as we may recall, before being elected to the House of Representatives in 2012 (after losing the same race in 2010) Dr. Bera never held elected office. There were two differences for Dr. Bera compared to Ms. Stafford. The redrawn district lines in 2012 favored Dr. Bera, and he raised a lot of cash - some of it illegally by his father we will recall. Cash is king, and unless Ms. Stafford can raise $1 million, she is just spinning wheels.

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