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Ashby gets support of police union in Sacramento mayor’s race

Sacramento Councilwoman Angelique Ashby secured the endorsement of the city police union this week.
Sacramento Councilwoman Angelique Ashby secured the endorsement of the city police union this week. ccostas@sacbee.com

Sacramento mayoral candidate Angelique Ashby secured the endorsement of the police union on Monday, giving the two-term councilwoman from North Natomas a sweep of the city’s major public safety groups.

Ashby has been supported by both the police and fire unions since first running for City Council in 2010. Political consultants have said she will need the financial support of those unions in what will likely be an expensive race against former state Senate leader Darrell Steinberg.

“Angelique Ashby is the public safety champion that our community needs for Sacramento mayor,” Tim Davis, president of the Sacramento Police Officers Association, said in a statement released by Ashby’s campaign.

Ashby said crime declined in her district from 2010 to 2014. She said the drop was a result of “the community partnership approach to crime” in her district. Before running for City Council, Ashby led the Creekside Neighborhood Association and organized a neighborhood crime watch program.

“We have come too far as a city to allow crime to rebound and undermine our future,” Ashby said. “We know what works – and we know how urgently it’s needed to ensure that crime rates don’t continue to climb back up.”

Ashby also has the support of former Sacramento County District Attorney Jan Scully and Assemblyman Jim Cooper, D-Elk Grove, a former Sacramento sheriff’s captain. Sondra Betancourt, president of the Ben Ali Community Association in North Sacramento, also endorsed Ashby on Monday.

Steinberg has the support of several elected leaders in the region, including Rep. Doris Matsui, D-Sacramento, a majority of the Sacramento City Council and Sacramento County Board of Supervisors and Assemblyman Kevin McCarty, D-Sacramento.

Ashby emphasizes that she's a different person than Kevin Johnson. "For one thing, I'm a woman."

Ryan Lillis: 916-321-1085, @Ryan_Lillis

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