Region Business endorses Suen for Elk Grove Mayor, Hume and Nguyen for city council

Region Business endorsed Pat Hume (left), Darren Suen, and Stephanie Nguyen. Also picture is Steve Detrick (right.)
October 18, 2018 |

In the closely watched Elk Grove mayoral race between Steve Ly, Tracie Stafford, and Darren Suen, endorsements have become something of a rallying point for at least one of the candidates.

The candidate who has seemingly cornered the endorsement market, Darren Suen, has earned another one. This one came from the Sacramento-based business advocacy group, Region Business. Suen who along with Stafford is challenging incumbent Ly received the endorsement along with his fellow council members and candidates Pat Hume and Stephanie Nguyen.

In making their endorsement statement, Region Business  characterized Suen as a "humble, ethical, and intelligent community servant."  Their statement added that "Darren Suen is poised to lead Elk Grove as a transformative Mayor. He has dedicated himself to advancing proactive solutions to enhance public safety and reduce traffic congestion."  

In a separate interview, Region Business executive director Joshua Wood praised Suen saying he has "right moral and policy leadership to lead the city forward in the future." 

"We believe Darren by far, is the most qualified person for mayor out of the three running," Wood said. "He knows how to navigate difficult issues, he also has a better understanding of policy."

For Hume, Wood called him "one of the most talented public official I have ever dealt with." A three-term incumbent, Hume is being challenged for the District 2 seat by Andres Ramos, who has earned the endorsement of the Elk Grove-South County Democratic Club, and Democratic Party of Sacramento County, The Stonewall Democratic Club of Sacramento, and the Harry S. Truman Club. 

Wood said Nguyen, who is being challenged by Cosumnes Community Services District Director Orlando Fuentes, adds an extra dimension that has been missing on the city council. 

"She is the only woman on that council, and we need diversity on our city councils in this region," Wood stated. "It's sad that Steve Ly is working hard to form a slate that blocks her from being on the council, and that's why we are glad to see she has the endorsement of Darren [Suen] and Pat [Hume], and [Elk Grove city council member] Steve Detrick."

Nguyen was appointed to the city council when Steve Ly vacated the seat following his election as mayor in 2016.  At the time of Nguyen's January 2017 appointment, Region Business had supported the action. 

Fuentes is endorsed by the Elk Grove-South County Democratic Club, the Democratic Club of Sacramento County, and the Harry S. Truman Democratic Club. Fuentes and Ramos are endorsed by Ly and are part of a slate dubbed Team Elk Grove. 

Along with this and others a variety of elected officials, Suen recently earned the endorsement of the Sacramento Bee. That action was a setback for Ly who had received the Bee's support in 2016. 

Ly has received the support of the Elk Grove-South County Democratic Club while Stafford is endorsed by former State Superintendent of Public Instruction Delane Easton. Unlike Stafford and Suen, Ly has not received endorsements from any current or past statewide officeholders.     

Along with the endorsement, Wood said their members would be contributing to each candidate. 

"Our members have bundled a significant amount of money for all three," Wood noted.

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D.J. Blutarsky said...

Confucius say, "endorsements give insight into who stands to gain if one is elected, but also insults our intelligence"

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