Vice Mayor Steve Ly beat out a crowded field to become the next mayor of Elk Grove.
After all precincts had reported early Wednesday, Ly had won almost 45 percent of the vote, while the runner-up, Planning Commissioner Kevin Spease, had captured 33 percent.
Seven candidates were on the ballot to replace Mayor Gary Davis. Ly and Spease emerged as the front-runners, raking in most of the endorsements and campaign contributions.
Ly, 42, is two years into his City Council term. He served two years on the local school board before his election to the council. After Davis announced he wouldn’t run for a third term, the mayor threw his support to Ly.
Ly campaigned on encouraging employers to locate in Elk Grove, completing road and transit projects, and developing a sense of community in Elk Grove’s newer neighborhoods.
Ly raised more than $185,000 over the course of the campaign. Unions representing mechanical, electrical and plumbing workers put $100,000 into a PAC on Ly’s behalf in late October. Rep. Ami Bera, Sacramento Mayor-elect Darrell Steinberg and building groups endorsed him.
Spease, 48, owner of two Elk Grove businesses, focused on improving roads and transit, creating a startup-friendly business environment and promoting public safety.
Spease raised about $112,000, $44,000 of which came from family or personal loans. The Elk Grove Police Officers Association, the Elk Grove Chamber of Commerce and Councilman Pat Hume endorsed Spease.
The other candidates, Tracie Stafford, Joel Broussard, Michael Monasky, Garrett Smith and Jrmar Jefferson, fell well short of the two front runners in votes earned. Stafford took third place with 12.6 percent of the vote.