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Mayoral Hopefuls Launch Campaigns Miles Apart on Same Day

Gary Davis and Lynn Wheat held campaign events in Elk Grove this weekend.

Two of the six candidates hoping to be Elk Grove's first directly elected mayor presented very different views and campaign strategies Saturday morning.

, a nurse who calls herself an active participant in local government, held a meet-and-greet outside a Starbucks coffee shop on Bruceville Road. She chatted with about a dozen people, handing out business cards and simple fliers outlining her campaign points. 

About an hour later, opened a on Laguna Boulevard that he'll share with . Volunteers slapped address labels on colorful mailers, and balloons with a caricature of Davis decorated the entrance.

The differences weren't just superficial: Wheat has pledged not to take campaign contributions, and will limit her election spending to $1,000. Davis has already spent more than that on water bottles and banners.

"We need to have some kind of spending limit, for sure," Wheat said. "The amount of money that needs to be raised is a barrier for some that would like to serve the city."

Davis countered that his campaign is grassroots and "inclusive of a diverse group of people."

Wheat said she would also move to drop the city's bid to expand its Sphere of Influence, .

Supporters praise candidates

At Wheat's meet-and-greet event, residents praised her positions on campaign finance and the Sphere of Influence.

"She's not going to owe a vote to anyone," said Mary Vogt, a former neighbor of hers.

Marielle Tsukamoto, whose family has farmed in the Florin area for years, said the city should focus on helping its existing businesses instead of growing its Sphere of Influence.

"We don't need to expand and take farmland," Tsukamoto said.

At Davis' campaign office opening at 8234 Laguna Blvd., several elected officials and candidates spoke to the crowd of dozens assembled. 

Elk Grove Planning Commissioner Nancy Chaires, , said she supports Davis because of his stance on bringing jobs to Elk Grove.

"Now it's time to focus on the things we're missing," Chaires said.

Others in attendance included fellow City Council Member Steve Detrick, Planning Commissioner George Murphey, , and others.

"He needs to be the first elected mayor of the city of Elk Grove and we need him to be the first elected mayor of the city of Elk Grove," State Assembly Member Roger Dickinson said. He pointed across the parking lot: "The people in Leatherby's think they're getting ice cream–we're going to sell them on Gary Davis."

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Chris August 19, 2012 at 06:52 PM
Detrick attended the Davis event? Interesting. Or did he make the rounds and go to Wheat’s as well? One look at the Braxmeyer website, who is there, and who is pictured with mayoral hopeful Jerry, none other than Steve Detrick. Looks like Detrick is covering all his bases or is he is playing all sides?
Sarah Johnson August 19, 2012 at 07:59 PM
Your comment caused me to look and the picture with Detrick is at some community event, and is with Steve Lee and Michelle Orrock, so I wouldn't characterize it the way you did.
JJ Johnson August 19, 2012 at 11:34 PM
"Now it's time to focus on the things we're missing," Chaires said. Interesting thought, Nancy. There are two ways to look at this -- One, you're missing on the council and Gary's election as mayor means easy street for you. Two, Gary has had six years to focus on the things that Elk Grove is missing. Instead, he chose to wield the power of his seat on the council to bring a half-marathon to Elk Grove with the city having to pay for services. He along with The Detrick pitched a state agency to bring 1,500 employed people to Elk Grove with the taxpayers spending more than $3,000,000 instead of spending that money and helping unemployed Elk Grove residents find jobs.
Ed Owen August 22, 2012 at 08:38 PM
Mr. Davis is trying to pull the wool over the citizens of Elk Grove by saying one thing and then once he is in office vote in favor for any project that the developers apply for. NAME FIVE THINGS THAT MR. DAVIS HAS ACHIEVED THAT BENEFITTED ELK GROVE.
Marty August 23, 2012 at 03:51 PM
I'm not convinced Mr. Davis or any of the other candidates outside of Ms. Wheat are going to address critical issues facing this community. None except her even make an effort to attend city council meetings and connect with the community, ask questions and keep on top of every item brought before the city council. Now I see Mr. Davis along with a community activist, CC & Co./EGCC is trying to usurp the Elk Grove Youth Commission for his own political gain. Now I know you will say NO, this is different. Just a little play on the words, something I understand very well. I, as a former supporter of Mr. Davis' am very disappointed by this action and would hope that he ceases this blantant disregard for using the Youth Commission as a political toy and that our city would see that happens. The Elk Grove Youth Commission is a wonderul group supported by the city as a whole. Put your mouth and money where it counts most and stop trying to use our children for political gain Mr. Davis. I'm still working on the FIVE THINGS! JJ...for once I agree with you!
Francis Meeks August 23, 2012 at 05:07 PM
Seriously Ed? You can disagree with Davis all you want, but questioning whether or not he has accomplished anything is just silly. Here are a few of the things Davis has championed, founded, or otherwise led that benefit some or all of Elk Grove: 1.Ended the City and CCSD lawsuits, resulting in a formal partnership. 2.Led the charge to remove the Cosumnes River flood plain from the SOI application. No one thought he could do it, but he did it on a 3-2 vote. Sophia and Pat voted against. 3.Neighborhood Leader Summits that brought our neighborhoods closer together. 4.Sinclair Report – which totally transformed how the City of Elk Grove handles business approvals. 5.Founded the Elk Grove Homeless Solutions Committee. 6.Founded the Elk Grove Youth Sports Foundation. 7.Founded Playground Partners to build the Morse Park Playground. 8.Founded Elk Grove Together. 9.Founded the Running of the Elk Half Marathon – Elk Grove’s first half marathon. 10.Elk Grove Sustainability Committee......
Francis Meeks August 23, 2012 at 05:07 PM
... ran out of space! 11.Championed several other items: Street Racing Ordinance, Social Host Ordinance, Multi-Cultural Commission, Youth Commission, State of California Economic Incentive Fund – which brought state jobs to Elk Grove. 12.Led dozens of service projects in neighborhoods around Elk Grove. This list goes on. Check out his website: http://www.mayorgarydavis.com/key_accomplishments You may not like Davis and may be supporting another candidate. His track record of tangible accomplishments, however, is not in question. Why don’t you list the accomplishments of your candidate?
Connie Conley August 23, 2012 at 05:45 PM
Hi Mr. Owen, I have heard you speak at council meetings and I have agreed with you, especially your comments on the change in the sign ordinance. You put your request in capital letters so I guess that means you really would like a response. There are many examples; however, I will cite just one. On August 25th, the city of Elk Grove will be holding its first Annual Multicultural Festival. The great work of this committee had to begin somewhere. Years ago it started with a dream of the late Newton Ekpo, along with others, to establish a Multicultural Committee. The council did just that on September 14, 2011. Below is the link to the staff report. Attached is work that was started by a few of us, including Gary Davis and Steve Detrick, who helped me research and write part of what is attached to the staff report for the council in establishing the committee. http://www.elkgrovecity.org/documents/agendas/attachments/attachments/2011/09-14-11_10.4.pdf So as you asked, I "named" something Gary Davis has done that has certainly benefitted Elk Grove. And there is much more.
Connie Conley August 23, 2012 at 05:47 PM
And to Marty: Not so. City Government 101 will include all four agencies that govern the city of Elk Grove. Additionally as stated by Mr. Davis last night at the council meeting, Youth Commission members are invited speakers. And as for naming something else, since you brought it up, Gary Davis and I wrote the proposal, with input from Pat Hume and presented to council by then candidate Steve Detrick, to establish the city of Elk Grove Youth Commission. We are certainly among the majority who are very proud of the work they do. There certainly is a lot of misinformation out there. And with that, please support Ms. Wheat, Marty, as I have known her for many years, and as Lynn has stated regarding this campaign and her philosophy, please focus on the issues and not on attacks.
JJ Johnson August 23, 2012 at 10:09 PM
Ms. Conley: Davis said last night that the youth commission members are invited and encouraged to attend, probably so he can make sure first time voters tell their friends to vote for him.
JJ Johnson August 23, 2012 at 10:18 PM
Ms. Meeks: 1. It does not say on his website that Davis ended the lawsuits between the city and the CSD. 5. He used the power of his position to start the Homeless Solutions Committee and had the members lobby the City Council to buy the house. 6-8. Davis founded the organizations and then convinced other people to run them. 9. He said that the city donated the police time to the Running of the Elk. Unless the cops worked for free, that cost the city money. 11. Davis can lay claim to many of these because he was and is on the council. But so is Sophia Scherman. And the 1,500 jobs? Incorrect. There are maybe a handful of jobs as nearly 1,500 employed people now or will work in Elk Grove. So a state employee can walk to work or saves money by not having to pay for parking, but an unemployed person about to lose a home to foreclosure has to look somewhere else. Yes, he has a track record of tangible accomplishments, but there are two sides to a coin just as he talks out of both sides of his mouth.
Francis Meeks August 24, 2012 at 12:01 AM
From Wikipedia. Definition of Leadership: Leadership has been described as “a process of social influence in which one person can enlist the aid and support of others in the accomplishment of a common task"
Sarah Johnson August 24, 2012 at 12:53 AM
Mr. Johnson, your sentence started out just fine, but the snarky assumption that you added is uncalled for. Do you really believe that was Mr. Davis's reason?

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