Third candidate enters Elk Grove District 2 City Council race

A third person has filed paperwork on August 9 with the Elk Grove City Clerks' office to run for the District 2 seat of the Elk Grove City Council in 2022.

The third candidate entering the race is Mahavir "Kalli" Kallirai. According to the information posted on his social media campaign page and website, Kallirai is a Marine Corps veteran who served for five years and is currently a reservist.

A graduate of Elk Grove's Pleasant Grove High School and lifelong resident of the city, on his Form 501, Kallirai self-identifies as a Republican. Kallirai lists a six-point platform for his candidacy.

As part of his platform, Kallirai said, "Our city faces many evolving challenges. We’re a growing city that’s been hit hard by the Coronavirus pandemic, our population has increased, homelessness and crime are on the rise, and we need an infrastructure plan that meets the needs of our residents and families while ensuring we remain a community."

With his entry, there are now three declared candidates who will seek the District 2 seat being vacated by Pat Hume who is in his fourth four-year term. In 2022 Hume is running for the District 5 seat on the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors.

The other two candidates, both Democrats, are Cosumnes Community Services District Director Rod Brewer and Elk Grove Planning Commissioner Sergio Robles.

Although Elk Grove has become a more Democratic-leaning city since its incorporation in 2000, District 2, which includes the city's rural area, continues to be a Republican-leaning district. This year the four districts will be redrawn, and given the city's population growth since the last Census, District 2 could absorb more non-rural areas, which could diminish Republican voter influence.        

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