With one day until deadline only one candidate in Elk Grove's District 4 race; one more possible candidate for District 2

With a 5 p.m. filing deadline on Friday, August 12, there is only one known candidate for Elk Grove's City Council District 4. 

The sole District 4 candidate is Elk Grove Planning Commissioner Sergio Robles. A field representative for Rep. Ami Bera, Robles, is supported by Elk Grove Mayor Bobbie Singh-Allen. 

Elk Grove News has learned another person has drawn papers of District 4. However, that person said they had decided not to pursue the position.  

If no other candidate enters the race before tomorrow, Robles would run unopposed and be the next District 4 council member. Former Mayor Gary Davis, former Councilmember Steve Detrick, and current Councilmember Pat Hume were unopposed as incumbents once each during their tenure.

However, in the city's history, there has never been an open seat that drew only one candidate. 

In District 2 race, there are two candidates - Cosumnes Community Services District Director Rod Brewer and Felipe Martin. Robles had initially entered the District 2 race but switched districts earlier this year. 

Last week through an inadvertent leak from city hall, Elk Grove News learned another candidate, Michelle Kile, had drawn papers for District 2. Kile had declared her candidacy for Elk Grove Mayor in 2020 but dropped out when Singh-Allen entered the race. 

Singh-Allen has one declared opponent in her reelection bid, Brian Pastor. A candidate for mayor in 2020, Pastor came in third place.

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Atticus Finch said...

This goes against the grain of what democratic principles are based on. Fewer things are anti democratic than having only one candidate for elected office. I can understand why people choose not to get involved in politics. It's an ugly affair. Unfortunately, recent changes enacted to our elections laws require candidates to live in the district for which they are running, in this case candidates must reside in District 4. The only exception is the contest for mayor, in which case it doesn't matter which district you live in.

I am reminded of a famous speech by Teddy Roosevelt called "The Man in the Arena" Of course in today's day and age, substitute "man" for person. This speech always inspired me and maybe it will inspire someone else to run for office.

"It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat."
President Theodore Roosevelt

Josie said...

Yes, I too believe it's a bad sign for democracy when voters aren't presented with at least two options in a race.

Randy Bekker said...

You should not complain about the taste of the water you drink instead you should roll up your sleeves and dig your own well. Thousands of residents in district 4. No one besides Robles has stepped forward. It sounds to me those in the local Democratic Party has failed their duties. No since to put them on blast you all know their names.

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