Area Democratic Assembly, Senate candidates miss threshold for automatic pre-convention party endorsement

This weekend California Democratic candidates met in regional virtual meetings to determine who would receive a coveted party endorsement. The results were mixed for candidates in the new Senate and Assembly districts that will include Elk Grove. 

For Calfornia Senate District 8 there were two of the three Democratic candidates seeking the endorsement, including Sacramento City Councilmember Angelique Ashby and former California Insurance Commissioner and Assemblymember Dave Jones. Coming in first place was Jones with 100 of 147 votes for 68-percent, followed by Ashby with 34 or 23-percent, and there were 13 no endorsement votes for 9-percent.

Even though Jones had overwhelming support, he did not reach the 70-percent mark that would have given him an automatic party endorsement. However, another vote will be conducted at the state party convention next month, and if as expected he reaches 60-percent, Jones will receive the party endorsement for the June primary.

In the 10th District Assembly race, delegates had three choices, including 9th District Assemblymember Jim Cooper, Sacramento City Councilmember Eric Guerra, and Elk Grove City Councilmember Stephanie Nguyen. Cooper submitted his candidacy for consideration but last week entered the race for Sacramento County Sheriff.

Guerra came in first place with 24 of 48 delegate votes for 50-percent; Nguyen received 13 votes for 27-percent; Cooper had two votes for four percent, and there were nine no endorsement votes. 

Because none of the candidates passed the 50-percent mark, there will be no party endorsement for the primary, but the process can be repeated for Democratic candidates advancing to the November general election. To earn the party endorsement, candidates need a 60-percent majority.

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