Gearing up for 2022 elections, two Elk Grove-based candidates hold fundraising events

Chris Chambers (left), Cosumnes Firefighters Representative/President for Sacramento Area Firefighters
 Local 522, Elk Grove Mayor Bobbie Singh-Allen, CCSD Director Rod Brewer, and Pablo Espinoza. | 


With the 2022 California primary less than 12 months away and the November general election in 16 months, two Elk Grove-based candidates held campaign fundraising events on Tuesday night.

Although he has not officially filed paperwork, Cosumnes Community Services District District Director Rod Brewer held an event for his candidacy for the Elk Grove City Council. Brewer, who was first elected to the CCSD Board of Directors in 2010, will seek the District 2 seat in 2022. 

Brewer's event was held at Steve's Pizza in Elk Grove and included Elk Grove Mayor Bobbie Singh-Allen, who has endorsed his candidacy. As noted on the campaign trail last year, Singh-Allen and Brewer have been friends for over 30 years, dating to their attendance at Sacramento City College.       

Others attending the event were Chris Chambers of the Cosumumes Firefighters Association, the collective bargaining unit for CCSD firefighters. Throughout his tenure on the CCSD Board of Directors, Brewer has won the support of the firefighters union. 

Pablo Espinoza, who managed Singh-Allen 2020 mayoral campaign, also attended the function. Espinoza is expected to be Brewer's campaign manager and currently, there are no other announced candidates for District 2.

The other Elk Grove-based candidate on the fundraising circuit last night was Elk Grove City Councilmember Pat Hume. The current District 2 representative and longest-tenured member of the city council, Hume, is seeking the Sacramento County Supervisor District 5 seat currently occupied by Don Nottoli.

As part of his effort, real estate developer Lux Taylor held a $250 a plate dinner for Hume dubbed "An Evening in Tuscany." The host committee included several past and current elected officials, including Elk Grove Vice Mayor Stephanie Nguyen, and Rancho Cordova City Councilmembers Garrett Gatewood, and David Sander. 

Nottoli has occupied the District 5 seat since 1994 and, following his election, never faced a viable electoral challenger. With Nottoli's retirement announcement earlier this year, along with Hume,  Cosumnes Community Services District Director Jaclyn Moreno and former Elk Grove Mayor Gary Davis have entered the race.

Moreno has been actively campaigning, but Davis' campaign webpage and Facebook page are vacated. Davis did not respond to emails earlier this month regarding the status of his candidacy. 

While Brewer will only appear on the general election ballot, candidates for county positions, including the Board of Supervisors, will appear on the June 2022 primary ballot. Should no candidate win more than 50-percent in the supervisor's race, the top two finishers will advance to the November runoff.  

UPDATED 9:50 a.m. - Singh-Allen and Brewer were students at Sacramento City College, not Lincoln Law School as first reported. 

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