A look back at campaign literature archives - Orlando Fuentes' CCSD 2016 mailers

September 3, 2018 |

With the 2018 elections quickly approaching, we are running a series on some of the old campaign literature produced by candidates in Elk Grove. This one examines Elk Grove City Council candidate and current Cosumnes Community Services District Director Orlando Fuentes from his 2016 CCSD candidacy. 

With almost two year's of experience under his belt as one of five members on the Consumnes Community Services District board of directors, Orlando Fuentes has now set his sight's on the Elk Grove City Council. Fuentes is challenging incumbent Stephanie Nguyen for the council's District 4 seat which encompasses much of Laguna and the Elk Grove's southern area.

Although Fuente's lags Nguyen in fundraising, he nonetheless is expected to cobble enough money to produce mailers. Additionally, Mayor Steve Ly has already shown a commitment to assist Fuentes and Andres Ramos, who is challenging Pat Hume for Elk Grove's District 2 seat.

In 2016 Fuentes sent at least two mailers and highlighted endorsements from other elected officials. Most prominently one of the mailers featured an endorsement from Democratic Congressman Dr. Bera.
Orlando Fuentes as phone bank volunteer on Ami Bera's 2010
campaign against Dan Lungren. 

Fuentes, who has volunteered for Bera going back to his first campaign against then Congressman Dan Lungren in 2010, could be well positioned for another Bera endorsement should the three-term congressman decide to wade into the race. If Fuentes got Bera's nod, it could be a boost to his campaign from straight-line Democratic voters, who if we are to believe what political forecasters say, are motivated to vote in the midterms elections where they typically lag participation rates of Republican and more conservative voters.

As for other prominent Democratic endorsements from 2016, Fuentes does not have the endorsement of Assemblymember Jim Cooper or Senator Richard Pan. Both legislators have offered support to Nguyen.

If Fuentes does receive Bera's endorsement, adding heft to a possible mailer, would be Ly's endorsement. Like then-Mayor Gary Davis did in 2014 when Ly was running his first city council campaign, Ly along with Fuentes and Ramos will team up and say this is the team we need to advance progressive causes in Elk Grove or some such message.

The other features in Fuentes' 2016 mailers were standard campaign talking points such as highlighting his status as a grandparent, educator, role in developing the Elk Grove's annual multi-cultural festival, and general community involvement. In 2018, Fuentes will probably use these tried and tested methods and say his commitment to representing diverse communities on the CCSD will continue on the Elk Grove city council.

Interestingly, the District 4 race will be the second time Fuentes and Nguyen will face-off on the ballot. In June 2016, both candidates ran for a seat on the Sacramento County Office of Education board of directors.

In that three-candidate race, Heather Davis won the seat with Fuentes in second and Nguyen in third place. The following November Fuentes won his current seat on the CCSD, and in early 2017 Nguyen was appointed to the District 4 seat when Ly vacated it upon his election as mayor.

With endorsements from the Elk Grove-South County Democratic Club, Democratic Party of Sacramento, and the Fem Dems of Sacramento club, Fuentes will undoubtedly highlight those just as he did in 2016. Unlike their 2016 race where Fuentes and Nguyen both lost to Davis, this time one will come out on top.

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