Earlier today Darren Suen and Stephanie Nguyen, surrounded by fellow elected officials and community leaders held a joint campaign kickoff as we head into the final 2+ months of the 2018 election.
Suen is running for Mayor of Elk Grove against incumbent Steve Ly. Tracie Stafford who ran in 2016 and came in third, is also running in 2018. Nguyen is running to keep the District 4 council seat that she was appointed to fill in early 2017. She has one challenger, Orlando Fuentes. Both Suen and Nguyen are endorsed by former Elk Grove city council member and current California State Assemblyman Jim Cooper, as well as their fellow council members Steve Detrick and Pat Hume. Both candidates are also endorsed by local police and fire, as well as business and community leaders.
Cooper spoke first and talked about working with Suen and Nguyen on issues that affect Elk Grove. He stressed how important it is to have a good relationship between city and legislative leaders. He said that relationship helped the city receive a $5 million grant to help with the homeless issue in the city.
Detrick said that even though this is a non partisan race, that as a registered Republican he works with Suen and Nguyen on a variety of issues that affect the city that cross party lines. This is in stark contrast to local Democrat officials that have chastised democrats for supporting and endorsing republicans in local races, even if they are non partisan. Going so far as to kick several out of party leadership roles. Both Suen and Nguyen were criticized for endorsing Anne Marie Schubert and Sheriff Scott Jones in their non partisan races for DA and Sheriff of Sacramento County. Both Schubert and Jones easily won re-election in June.