The 2020 election is coming up on November 3, 2020, here’s a list of local races and ballot initiatives, as well as endorsements from Elk Grove Laguna News and Elk Grove Laguna Forums
President of the United States: Write in a name. In a country of 330 million, it is disappointing that our choices are Trump and Biden. For California residents, it will not matter. Biden wins here easily. The swing states will decide who the next President is.
3rd Congressional District – Incumbent John Garamendi vs Tamika Hamilton. Hamilton is an Air Force Sgt. Garamendi is a lifetime politician. Time for him to retire. Vote for Hamilton
7th Congressional District – Bera vs Patterson. Patterson is running as a clone of President Trump. If you like Trump, vote for Patterson. If you don’t like Trump, vote for Bera.
Mayor of Elk Grove – Steve Ly vs Bobbie Singh-Allen and Brian Pastor. Ly won in 2016 & 2018. Ly has not shown leadership in 4 years as mayor and has been under a microscope the past few weeks as several women have made allegations of bullying and harassment. Singh-Allen has been on the Elk Grove Unified School District Board of Education since 2012. Pastor is in over his head. The race has been marred by allegations on both sides.
Our options were better in 2016 & 2018 with Kevin Spease and Darren Suen running against Ly. Singh-Allen’s politics are too far left for me to support her. We don’t need a disciple of Mayor Steinberg in Elk Grove. Ly needs to go, but we need a better option.
Elk Grove City Council District 1 – Incumbent Darren Suen vs challenger Ali Moua. Moua moved to Elk Grove less than one year ago. He doesn’t know Elk Grove or the issues facing District 1. Suen is a far better candidate. He understands the issues facing Elk Grove, and is a long time resident here. He is able to work with people from different backgrounds and ideologies. Vote Darren Suen.
Elk Grove City Council District 3 – Kevin Spease vs the field. Steve Detrick decided not to run for re-election and has endorsed Spease. No one does more for Elk Grove residents than Kevin Spease. Spease has been a member of the Elk Grove Rotary and Elk Grove Chamber. He was instrumental in programs like “shop with a cop/first responder” where kids in foster care could shop with a first responder. He also played a big part in making sure that seniors and shut ins had food and groceries during the pandemic, as well as raising money for the Elk Grove Food Bank. Spease spent several years on the planning commission and is familiar with development. He is a local businessman that understands what business owners need and supports local businesses. Vote Kevin Spease
Los Rios Comm College, Trustee-Area 7 Incumbent Tami Nelson vs Scott Schmidt. Nelson is an Elk Grove resident that is also a teacher in the EGUSD. She truly cares about kids. She is honest and hard working. Vote Tami Nelson
California Assembly 9th District – Incumbent Jim Cooper (D) from Elk Grove vs Eric Rigard (R). Cooper took office in 2014 after serving for 14 years on the Elk Grove City Council. Cooper can do more for Elk Grove than his challenger can. He has helped secure funding for the Elk Grove Food Bank, and been an advocate for the city. Some of his votes have been questionable as Assemblyman, but overall he is the best choice.
Vote for Jim Cooper.
Issues $5.5 billion in bonds for state stem cell research institute
No on 14
Requires commercial and industrial properties to be taxed based on market value and dedicates revenue
No on 15
Repeals Proposition 209 (1996), which says that the state cannot discriminate or grant preferential treatment based on race, sex, color, ethnicity, or national origin in public employment, education, or contracting
No on 16
Restores the right to vote to people convicted of felonies who are on parole
No on 17
Allows 17-year-olds who will be 18 at the time of the next general election to vote in primaries and special elections
No on 18
Changes tax assessment transfers and inheritance rules
No on 19
Makes changes to policies related to criminal sentencing charges, prison release, and DNA collection
Yes on 20
Expands local governments’ power to use rent control
No on 21
Considers app-based drivers to be independent contractors and enacts several labor policies related to app-based companies
Yes on 22
Requires physician on-site at dialysis clinics and consent from the state for a clinic to close
No on 23
Expands the provisions of the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) and creates the California Privacy Protection Agency to implement and enforce the CCPA
Yes on 24
Replaces cash bail with risk assessments for suspects awaiting trial