Financial disclosure deadline this week for Elk Grove mayor, city council members

State-mandated financial disclosure statements for officers holder statewide including all five members of the Elk Grove City Council...

State-mandated financial disclosure statements for officers holder statewide including all five members of the Elk Grove City Council are due this week.

By 5 p.m, this Wednesday, July 31 the California Form 460 must either be filed in the Elk Grove city clerk's office or postmarked.  

Disclosures of most interest for area political watchers will be for Mayor Steve Ly and Councilmember Darren Suen who represents District 1. Ly and Suen are both expected to seek reelection in 2020 for their respective offices.

Suen who unsuccessfully challenged Ly in 2018 for mayor, will be seeking his second full four-year term. Suen was appointed to the city council in 2015 when Jim Cooper vacated his seat following his 2014 election to the California State Assembly.

First elected as the District 4 representative is 2014, Ly successfully ran for mayor in 2016 after former mayor Gary Davis left office for still unclear reasons. Ly will be seeking his third two-year term.

It will be noteworthy to see if Ly and Suen have received additional contributions from Alvin Cheung during the reporting period. Both men accepted donations from Cheung, chief executive officer of the for-profit California Northstate University, and were criticized for accepting his cash. 

In his role as CEO of CNU, Cheung is pushing the development of a $750 million 400-bed trauma hospital in the Stonelake neighborhood, which is in Suen's district. The proposed hospital has received substantial resistance, particularly in District 1.

The other councilmember's disclosure report of interest will be for the District 3 representative Steve Detrick. Councilmember Detrick has not indicated if he will seek a fourth term in 2020.

With elections less than 18 months from now, if Detrick has not restarted his fundraising efforts during the first half of the year it could be viewed as an indicator that he will not seek reelection. Maureen Craft, who has already filed her papers seeking the District 3 seat will also be submitting her first report.

The other two councilmembers reporting are District 4 representative Stephanie Nguyen and Pat Hume, who represents District 2. Nguyen, who won a full-four year term following her 2017 appointment, is not expected to have restarted fundraising efforts.

Although Hume, who won a fourth term in 2018 and has said this would be his last term, has not ruled out running for another office, notably the Sacramento Board of Supervisor seat currently occupied by Don Nottoli should he not seek reelection in 2022. Nottoli has been on the board since 1994 and is rumored to be leaving the office at the end of his current term.  

Last week Davis, who has not closed his campaign fund since leaving office in 2016, filed his disclosure, which he renamed Mayor Gary Davis 2024. Davis reported a cash balance of $42,663 with no contributions or expenditures.   

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