Campaign updates - Nguyen files papers for 2022 reelection; Brewer, Chaires-Espinoza & Singh-Allen visit job training

With June primaries about nine months away and the general election just over a year from now, Elk Grove-based candidates are gearing up for their campaigns.

Last week Elk Grove District 4 Councilmember Stephanie Nguyen filed papers with the Elk Grove City Clerk's office indicating she will run for reelection to a second full four-year term. Earlier this year, Nguyen had dissolved her previous campaign committees.

Although Nguyen filed reelection paperwork, she is interested in running for the California 9th Assembly District seat occupied by fellow Democrat Jim Cooper. Nguyen's decision to run for that position office hinges on Cooper's decision to run for Sacramento County Sheriff.

Cooper, who unsuccessfully ran against current Sheriff Scott Jones in 2010 and had a 30-year career with the sheriff's department, has expressed interest in running in 2022 but has not announced his decision. If Cooper runs for sheriff and vacates the Assembly contest, Nguyen and other candidates are expected to jump into the race.   

In another race for what will be an open seat for the first time in 28 years, Cosumnes Community Services District Director Jaclyn Moreno is holding a fundraising event this week in her bid for the District 5 seat on the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors. Current Supervisor Don Nottoli has decided not to seek an eighth-term.

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So far, the opening has attracted three candidates, but one has already dropped out. Along with Moreno, Elk Grove City Councilmember Pat Hume declared his candidacy and has been actively fundraising, but the third candidate who entered earlier this year, former Elk Grove Mayor Gary Davis, has dropped out. 

Should no other candidates enter the race, the two-way contest for the 5th District seat could be viewed as a proxy war between Republican and Democratic control of the five-member Sacramento Board of Supervisors. Hume, a Republican, would likely align with Supervisor Sue Frost, and Democratic Moreno would probably be more aligned with supervisors Patrick Kennedy and Phil Serna. 

The differences between the Frost and Kennedy-Serna wings were on display last week when Frost voted against a non-binding supervisor's resolution condemning COVID19 misinformation. The newest supervisor, Republican Rich Desmond, offered qualified support and joined Kennedy, Nottoli and Serna in support of the resolution. 

Moreno's fundraising event is hosted by several elected officials, including Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg. Several unions, including Local 256 of the Amalgamated Transit Union, are also hosts. 

Last week Elk Grove Mayor Bobbie Singh-Allen, Cosumnes Community Services District Director Rod Brewer, who is running for the District 2 seat on the Elk Grove City Council that is being vacated by Hume, and Elk Grove Unified School District Trustee Nancy Chaires-Espinoza met with Sheet Metal Workers job training program representatives.

Brewer, who will have to vacate his seat on the CCSD Board of Directors, is one of four candidates running to date for the District 2 vacancy on the Elk Grove City Council. Singh-Allen, who has no announced opponents, is running for a second two-year term next year.    

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