Illa Collin backs Jonathan Rewers over Kevin Johnson for Sacramento mayor

Published: Friday, Jun. 1, 2012 - 12:00 am | Page 2B
Last Modified: Sunday, Jun. 3, 2012 - 10:13 am

The city's Democratic establishment continues to display its dislike of Mayor Kevin Johnson.

Former Sacramento County Supervisor Illa Collin has endorsed mayoral challenger Jonathan Rewers in his bid to unseat Johnson in Tuesday's election. That's the third former Democratic officeholder to endorse Rewers – a Republican.

"It is with deep honor that I accept Supervisor Collin's endorsement," Rewers said. "Her accomplishments and the respect she commands in Sacramento are without measure."

Collin joins two former mayors, Anne Rudin and Heather Fargo, in supporting Rewers, a finance manager for the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency and the chairman of Sacramento's parks commission.

Rewers said he has the support of "three women who served this community with distinction and who built the quality of life we all enjoy today. I am running to protect that quality of life these three outstanding women worked to create."

While several Democrats holding statewide, regional and national positions are supporting Johnson, he has had a difficult time winning support from the city's Democratic old guard. The Democratic Party of Sacramento is not endorsing a candidate in the nonpartisan mayor's race.

The party and some other Democratic clubs have been staunch critics of Johnson's multiple strong-mayor proposals.

Steve Maviglio, the mayor's campaign spokesman, said the lack of support from city Democratic organizations "just goes to show how out of touch they are."

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