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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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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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