Steinberg Wins Sacramento’s Race for Mayor
The two frontrunners in the race for mayor of Sacramento were Angelique Ashby and Darrell Steinberg. Ashby, the Sacramento councilmember who represents North Natomas, is a relative political newcomer in comparison to Steinberg who has had a long career in local politics.
With Kevin Johnson finishing his second term as mayor of Sacramento later this year there was considerable interest in his replacement at City Hall. Sacramento is on a roll, and leadership to keep the ball rolling forward is hugely important at this juncture.
Both candidates gave it their all to become the next mayor of Sacramento, knocking on doors, making numerous public appearances and participating in debates to get their positions in front of the voters.
Former boxing champion Tony “The Tiger” Lopez deserves an honorable mention as he continued to fight on despite his underdog status.
I attended a debate of the candidates that was sponsored by a number of local neighborhood associations in mid-May. Ashby, Steinberg and Lopez participated in the debate which was both very interesting and informative – and sometimes quite entertaining.
The debate was my first in-person exposure to Ashby who made a very strong showing. I was very impressed in the depth of her understanding of a wide variety of issues important to all Sacramento citizens. Steinberg, who I have long been familiar with during his career in the California State Legislature, also did not disappoint in this regard.
Much has been made about this race being the most expensive race in city history, and evidently a lot of the money was spent on campaign mailers – my mailbox was overflowing. Unfortunately, as June 7 approached the campaign became contentious and increasingly negative.
Steinberg, with his much broader name recognition, won the mayor’s race outright – and I am confident that he will do a good job. However, I came away from the debate I attended convinced that Ashby was both capable and ready to take on the job as well.
Sacramento was lucky to have two candidates of such caliber vying for the job of mayor. It was nice, as I cast my vote, not to be in the position of choosing “the lesser of two evils”.
Let’s hope that Ashby and Steinberg can put behind them the negative aspects of the campaign – and work together for the benefit of Sacramento.
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