Candidates start playing last cards as Elk Grove races wind down

With less than a week to go, candidates in Elk Grove have started playing their last cards as they seek voter support.

The most notable example was this week's mailer sent by Elk Grove Mayor Steve Ly. The two-term incumbent is engaged in a competitive race with challenger Bobbie Singh-Allen.

Ly's mailer address claims that he harassed elected women officeholders in Elk Grove. One of those is Singh-Allen who is a Trustee with the Elk Grove Unified School District. Read about Ly's mailer here.

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In the wide-open District 3 race, five candidates are competing for the seat being vacated by three-term city councilmember Steve Detrick. Although local races in California are by law non-partisan, party affiliation has crept into the contest which sees one independent, one Republican and three Democratic candidates.

The independent candidate in the race, smart planning advocate Lynn Wheat, distributed a mailer last week highlighting land planning issues in Elk Grove, her health care credentials, and independence. Wheat's campaign has been funded by individual contributions.

Of the three Democratic candidates in the District 3 contest, Maureen Craft and Amandeep Singh have taken different acts in their pursuit of votes. Although Singh had earlier promoted his Democratic credentials, in recent days he has pivoted to producing videos addressing issues unique to District 3.

This morning Singh released a video titled How Elk Grove neglects District 3! 

Two other candidates in the race, are highlighting the political affiliations via their cadre of supporters. For Craft, that means highlighting endorsements from various Democratic organizations and support from labor unions. 

Kevin Spease's most recent mailer has highlighted traditional Republican candidate's constituencies - real estate development, law enforcement, and business interest groups.

The fifth candidate in the race, Democrat Alejandro Guiterrez-Duncan has not distributed any literature in recent weeks. 

In the hotly contested mayoral race, Singh-Allen, who has a laundry list of supporters, released a video recording of State Controller Betty Yee.

Although California voters are distancing voting, Political Data Inc. reports with less than a week until the end of voting, only 37-percent of ballots in Elk Grove have been returned. Although it may be too late for mailers, undoubtedly candidates will be deploying other methods to get out their vote as the races winds down. 

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