Elected officials representing Elk Grove wade into Sacramento mayoral race

This March, Sacramento voters will select among four candidates who will succeed Darrell Steinberg as mayor. Those candidates are Flo Cofer, former Sacramento City Councilmember Steve Hansen, Assemblymember Kevin McCarty, and former State Senator Richard Pan.

The candidates will appear on the March primary ballot, and if one candidate receives 50 percent of the vote, they will have won the office. If no candidate reaches the 50 percent threshold, the top two finishers will have a run-off in the November general election.

Although the value of endorsements is often overestimated, they are still in the toolbox of most political campaigns. So far, four elected officials representing Elk Grove have offered their support.

At the top of the political food chain, California State Senator Angelique Ashby has offered her support to Pan, whom she replaced in November 2022. Ashby, who beat former assembly member Dave Jones and state insurance commissioner Dave Jones for the District 8 seat, was endorsed by Pan. 

Two Elk Grove City Council members and one trustee on the Elk Grove Unified School District Board of Trustees have also lent their support. EGUSD Trustee Michael Vargas, Mayor Bobbie Singh-Allen, and Councilmember Sergio Robles have endorsed Steve Hansen, who was a member of the Sacramento City Council until he lost his 2020 reelection bid in a surprise upset by Katie Valenzuela.  

Although she has not formally offered her endorsement, District 10 California Assemblymember Stephanie Nguyen is believed to support McCarthy. During her 2022 run for the assembly seat, McCarty campaigned door-to-door for Nguyen, who defeated Sacramento City Councilmember Eric Guerra, who, coincidentally, replaced McCarty in a special election when McCarty won his Assembly seat in 2014. 

Given the city of Sacramento's ongoing conflicts with Sacramento County District Attorney Thein Ho, who has endorsed Pan, and Sheriff Jim Cooper over homelessness, whoever ascends to Sacramento mayor will need regional political support. In this way, elected officials representing Elk Grove could be parties to the conflict.  

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