Assemblymember Jim Cooper forms reelection campaign committee for District 10

Assemblymember Jim Cooper's campaign flyer for a fundraiser for his possible 
Sacramento County Sheriff's candidacy. | 

The most interesting political story for Elk Grove-based politicians added a new wrinkle today when Democratic California Assemblymember Jim Cooper formed a reelection committee. The information was posted earlier this afternoon by CA Target Book on their Twitter feed.

Cooper has represented the 9th Assembly District since 2014. With the year's redistricting, Elk Grove was placed in the 10th District, including all of Elk Grove, portions of unincorporated Sacramento County, and all of Sacramento south of downtown.

What is noteworthy is Cooper, a retired 30-year veteran of Sacramento County Sheriff's Department, has also expressed interest in running for the office that is Sheriff Scott Jones will vacate when his term end later this year. In 2010 Cooper ran and lost to Jones for the sheriff's position. 

A review of the California Secretary of State's late this afternoon did not show Cooper's 10th Assembly Committee but others, including the 9th District Committee and his 2022 sheriff committee. Between the two accounts, Cooper showed in about $1.4 million as of June 30, 2021.

Reached via text this afternoon, a top Cooper campaign and political advisor said the formation of the Assembly reelection committee does not confirm he will run for the 10th District Assembly seat. While Cooper ponders which office he will campaign for during the June 2022 primary, other candidates such as Elk Grove City Councilmember Stephanie Nguyen, who has expressed interest in an Assembly candidacy should Cooper run for sheriff, are left in a holding pattern.

While Nguyen has deferred her candidacy announcement pending Cooper's decision, one candidate, Sacramento City Councilmember Eric Guerra, has announced he will seek the seat. About one year ago, Guerra entered the race for the California Senate 8th District seat but changed plans earlier this month.

Guerra's candidacy has created a row in the Asian Pacific Islander Democratic political community supporting a Nguyen candidacy. Notwithstanding that criticism, Guerra's Assembly candidacy has earned some prominent Democratic endorsements, including Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg.     

 The candidate filing deadline for offices that will appear on the June 7, 2022 primary is March 11.  

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