At a debate for Sacramento city mayor this week, candidate Angelique Ashby noted that the city of Sacramento is largely represented by men in local and state government.
"On a local level, not only am I the only on on the city council but your Board of Supervisor members and your assembly and state senator that are elected in this city are all men, too," she said.
She could have also added that few women serve as mayor in cities across the Sacramento region, as well as in California's largest cities. Of the region's 18 cities, four have female mayors who are women: Citrus Heights; Winters; Roseville and Placerville.
Of the 30 largest cities in the state, four have female mayors: Fresno, Oakland, Chula Vista and Fontana.
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Ashby's opponent, former councilman and state Senate leader Darrell Steinberg, said he has fought for gender equity throughout his career and agreed that more women should be elected to public office. "Just not this race," he said.
This map shows the gender of mayors in each of California's 30 largest cities.