Former Elk Grove Mayor Ly to lead AACLAD civil rights group

A new civil rights group focusing on advocacy for Asian Americans appears to be led by former Elk Grove Mayor Steve Ly.

The group calling itself Asian American Civil Liberties & Anti-Defamation has made announcements on social media about the organization. Among the statements is that Ly was named its president and chief executive officer.   

Additionally, on the Facebook page for Elk Grove Hmong Americans civil rights organization, the following was posted on Wednesday.

Ly did not respond to a Thursday evening text message seeking verification of his status with AACLAD. 

While Ly did not immediately respond, a review of the AACLAD website prominently features Ly. The donate page says "Mayor Emeritus Ly has created a Platform to team up with Alliances of more than 150+ Attorneys and Law Firms, Campaign and gearing to tour the United States to Unite 10,000 Communities for the next 12 months to help Stop Asian Hate Incident(s) and Asian Hate Crime(s)." 

Ly was won a Trustee position on the Elk Grove Unified School District in 2012 and then elected to the Elk Grove City Council in 2014 as the District 4 representative and was elected mayor in 2016. Last year Ly was defeated as he sought his third two-year term by Bobbie Singh-Allen in one of the city's most hotly contested and controversial elections in the city's 20-year history. 

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