Sacramento City Councilmember Eric Guerra announces State Senate Candidacy

Sacramento City Councilmember Eric announcing his candidacy for the California State Senate during a Zoom call. | 

This morning Sacramento City Councilmember Eric Guerra announced his candidacy for the California State Senate. Guerra's announcement came before a Zoom meeting attended by about 100 supporters.

Among the prominent Guerra supporters is Sacramento County Supervisor Phil Serna, who hosted the meeting. In his introductions, Serna said Guerra reminded him of his late father, legendary Sacramento Mayor Joe Serna Jr., and that his background and advocacy for less-advantaged constituents is well suited to represent California's 6th Senate District. 

"He is really someone I can say in all honesty really not just represents his [city council] district in the city well, he actually makes me think of my late father, our dear Mayor Joe Serna Jr., in terms of his ability and background," Phil Serna said. "It really is my distinct honor to be with everyone here this morning to introduce my friend, Eric Guerra, our next Senator here in District 6."

Guerra, a Democrat, was first elected to the Sacramento City Council in 2015 in a special election to represent District 6 and easily won reelection in 2016 and 2020. In the 2015 special election, Guerra ran a successful shoestring budget grassroots campaign and defeated Bruce Pomer. 

During his presentation, Guerra noted that his background included helping his mother as a young child, where she was employed as an agricultural field worker in Esparto, Calif., where he was raised. Guerra invoked the work ethic his mother helped instill. 

"She came to this country with nothing,  and she taught me the value of hard work," he said. "I wasn't supposed to go to college, but I did, became student body president at Sacramento State and earned a degree in electrical engineering."

Guerra noted his success came from hard work and added it was aided by "a lot of help along the way from people who believed in me."

In a clue to his possible campaign platform, Guerra cited issues including education, health services, child care, small business support, homelessness, and living wages. 

"By focusing on those most in need, we can help those experiencing homelessness and end human exploitation," he added. "and it all starts with respect, hard work, and determination, and that is in my blood."

The 6th Senatorial District is currently represented by Dr. Richard Pan (D - Sacramento), who was first elected to the position in 2014 and faces term limits in 2022. Pan, who served in the California Assembly before his election to the Senate, defeated former California Assemblymember and Sacramento County Board of Supervisor Roger Dickinson in 2014. 

Among Guerra's Elk Grove Democratic elected officials endorsing his candidacy are Elk Grove City Councilmembers Stephnie Nguyen, Darren Suen, and Cosumnes Community Services District Director Rod Brewer. 

Additionally, Pablo Espinoza, who ran Elk Grove Mayor Bobbie Singh-Allen's 2020 campaign and is a Special Project Media Consultant for the California Assembly Democratic caucus reporting to the Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon has endorsed Guerra. Espinoza is also one of several people reportedly exploring a candidacy for the 9th Assembly District seat occupied by Jim Cooper, who is expected to run for Sacramento County Sheriff in 2022. 

As it is currently drawn, the 6th Senatorial District represents all of Sacramento city, Elk Grove, West Sacramento, and portions of unincorporated Sacramento County. Other candidates who are said to be exploring a run for the seat include Sacramento City Councilmember Angelique Ashby. 

New boundaries drawn by the California CItizen based on the 2020 Census could arrive as late as December 2021. If the boundaries change substantially, it could affect candidates' eligibility based on their residency.  

Below is Guerra's campaign launch video. 

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