Two cops-turned-councilmen headline the race for the 9th Assembly District seat, thrown open after incumbent Richard Pan set his sights on the state Senate.
In the Democrat-dominated district, it is a near certainty that a Democrat will advance to the top two and a possibility that Republicans are shut out of the general election. The Democratic contenders are Sacramento City Councilman Darrell Fong, a former Sacramento police officer; Elk Grove City Councilman Jim Cooper, a captain in the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department; and Diana Rodriguez-Suruki, a trustee on the Sacramento City Unified School District board.
A business-funded independent group has spent heavily in favor of Cooper. Californians for Jobs and a Strong Economy has paid for mailers slamming Fong for voting to raise his city’s sales tax and favoring diminished pensions for cops and firefighters. A Fong mailer makes note of complaints about strip-searches of prisoners while Cooper was jail commander.
Republican Tim Gorsulowsky lived in the Bay Area before moving to Elk Grove in 2012. Manuel Martin is running a grass-roots conservative campaign, including a website that proclaims him to be “a patriot not a politician.”
Manuel J. Martin