Ramos makes initial funding against Hume who continues raising cash; Nguyen outpaces Fuentes in Elk Grove races

District 2 city council candidate Andres Ramos (left) with Cosumnes Community Services District candidate Jaclyn Moreno during a Labor Day weekend precinct walk in Elk Grove. 

September 5, 2018 | 

The four candidates running for the Elk Grove City Council District 2 and 4 seats had varying degrees of fundraising activities since the last reports for the period ending June 30.

In the race for the District 2 seat, incumbent Pat Hume received $4,500 from two political actions committees. The Committee For Home Ownership of the North State Building Industry donated $2,000 while the Associated Builders and Contractors Association gave Hume $2,500.

His opponent, Andres Ramos, who made a relatively late entry into the race, reported his first funding with a $1,500 personal contribution, not loan, to his campaign. While Hume's funding far exceeds Ramos', his contributions stand in stark contrast to endorsements and possible in-kind participation Ramos may receive for get out the vote operations. 

The Associated Builders and Contractors represent non-union builders who often opposed project labor agreement on public works projects that are supported by various building trade unions. Conversely, the Sacramento Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO, who recently endorsed Ramos, frequently have their members walk precincts for candidates they support. 

In the other city council contest, incumbent Stephanie Nguyen recently reported one donation of $1,000 from Barnum & Celillo Electric. Her opponent for the District 4 seat, Orlando Fuentes, did not report any additional contributions since his filing for the period ending June 30.

Although Hume and Nguyen have far greater funding than Ramos and Fuentes, Mayor Steve Ly, who is also on the ballot and is being challenged by Vice Mayor Darren Suen, an ally of Hume and Nguyen, has included both city council challengers along with Cosumnes Community Services District candidates Rod Brewer and Jaclyn Moreno on a four-page glossy handout that was widely distributed over the Labor Day weekend to Democratic voters in Elk Grove. 

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