Suen raises $72,000 for 2020 Elk Grove District 1 reelection bid

Elk Grove District 1 City Councilmember Darren Suen raised $74,581 for the 12 month period ending December 31, 2019 for his 2020 reelection campaign.

According to California Form 460 financial disclosures filed with the Elk Grove City Clerk's office on January 28, Suen raised $41,681 of the total during the six month period ending December 31. Of those contributions received during 2019, $72,761 was in cash and $1,820 was nonmonetary.

Among Suen's largest contributions were the following:

  • Willdan Group - $7,500*
  • California Conference Board Amalgamated Transit Union - $7,500
  • ABR Investments - $7,500
  • California Apartment Association - $7,500
  • North State Building Industry Association - $5,000
  • Angelo Tsakopoulus - $5,000
  • Taylor Morrison of California - $2,500
  • Buzz Oates Construction - $2,500
  • Thomas Winn - $2,000
  • Republic Services - $2,000*
  • California Real Estate PAC - $2,000
  • Laguna Creek Land Holding - $2,000
  • Professional Engineers in California - $2,000
  • Nissan of Elk Grove - $1,000
  • Laborers Local 185 - $1,000
  • Schetter Electric - $1,000

*City of Elk Grove vendors

Among non-cash contributions, was $1,500 from Jackson Properties for a fundraising event. For the year, Suen spent $18,268 and has a cash balance of $107,823.

Even though 2019 was a politically difficult year with District 1 constituents over his support of California Northstate University's proposed 400-bed hospital in the Stonelake neighborhood, Suen remained popular among building, labor and real estate development concerns with interests in Elk Grove. Interestingly Suen did not record any donations from CNU or its principal Alvin Cheung, who previously was one his largest patrons. 

As a result of his unpopular stances on the CNU hospital project and his failed attempt to gerrymander the Stonelake neighborhood out of District1, Suen has drawn a credible challenge from Ali Moua. A political novice, Moua said he expects to receive meaningful contributions from family, friends, and Elk Grove residents.  

Moua, who is Hmong-American like Elk Grove Mayor Steve Ly, said he anticipates substantial support for his candidacy from the Hmong-American community. Starting this year the District 1 seat election will conducted on the by-district basis.  

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