Sacramento, California municipal elections, 2014

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The city of Sacramento, California held nonpartisan elections for city council on November 4, 2014. A primary election took place on June 3, 2014. The filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in Districts 1 and 5 was on March 7, 2014. The deadline for Districts 3 and 7 was March 12, 2014.[1]

Four seats were up for election. These included Districts 1, 3, 5 and 7. Incumbents Angelique Ashby and Jay Schenirer ran for re-election in Districts 1 and 5, respectively. The former ran unchallenged. Districts 3 and 7 were both open seats.

A special election for District 8 coincided with the November 4 general election. The District 8 seat was vacated by Bonnie Pannell in April 2014. She was first elected to city council in 1998.[2][3]

A "strong mayor" ballot measure and a housing development project were some of the key issues that shaped Sacramento's 2014 election cycle.

City council

Candidate list

District 1

June 3 Primary election candidates:
  • Angelique Ashby Green check mark transparent.png - Incumbent Ashby was first elected to the council in 2010.

District 3

June 3 Primary election candidates:

November 4 General election candidates:

District 5

June 3 Primary election candidates:

District 7

June 3 Primary election candidates:

District 8

Note: District 8 held a special election to fill the seat vacated by Bonnie Pannell in April 2014.
November 4 Special election candidates:

Election results

Primary election

Sacramento City Council, District 1 Primary Election, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngAngelique Ashby Incumbent 98% 5,140
Write-in 2% 107
Total Votes 5,247
Source: City of Sacramento - 2014 Election Results
Sacramento City Council, District 3 Primary Election, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJeff Harris 26.2% 2,382
Green check mark transparent.pngCyril Shah 23.6% 2,152
Ellen Cochrane 22.3% 2,034
Deane Dana 9.5% 866
Rosalyn Van Buren 9.2% 837
Efren Guttierrez 5.8% 524
Adam Sartain 3.2% 293
Write-in 0.2% 20
Total Votes 9,108
Source: City of Sacramento - 2014 Election Results
Sacramento City Council, District 5 Primary Election, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJay Schenirer Incumbent 62.4% 5,454
Ali Cooper 37.1% 3,245
Write-in 0.5% 42
Total Votes 8,741
Source: City of Sacramento - 2014 Election Results
Sacramento City Council, District 7 Primary Election, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngRick Jennings 50.5% 5,165
Julius Cherry 41.9% 4,285
Abe Snobar 7.2% 732
Write-in 0.4% 39
Total Votes 10,221
Source: City of Sacramento - 2014 Election Results


Measure L

See also: City of Sacramento "Strong Mayor" Mayor-Council Form of Government Charter Amendment, Measure L (November 2014)

Sacramento's form of government is a council-manager system. In November 2014, however, Sacramento voters had the option to change this form of government to a strong mayor system by voting for or against a ballot measure called Measure L. Supporters of Measure L argued that a strong mayor system would streamline city government and enhance efficiency. Opponents, on the other hand, said that it placed too much power in the hands of the mayor.[4] Measure L was defeated in the general election.

Throughout the 2014 election cycle, city council candidates in Sacramento were generally critical of the proposal. District 3 candidate Cyril Shah, for example, stated "While I personally oppose the Strong Mayor Proposal, as I believe the current governance structure creates a fair balance between neighborhood and city issues, the issue will soon be decided by the voters and I respect their judgment."[5] Shah's opponent, Jeff Harris, echoed this sentiment, stating, "I do not support this charter change. I believe it would weaken the communication between council members and department heads, leading to less efficacy in dealing with neighborhood issues. There is no provision for a tie-breaker if the council votes 4 to 4 on any given item. It would give the mayor the power to fire the city manager at will. The mayor could also veto ordinances, and have line item veto power over city budget items. It would require a super majority of council votes to override a mayoral veto. Additionally, the citizens would not have direct access to the Mayor via regular council meetings."[6]

McKinnley Village

Another issue in Sacramento's 2014 election was a housing development project called McKinnley Village. The project involved the development of over 300 single family homes on 50 acres of land in East Sacramento. The plan had been under discussion for several years until April 2014, when the Sacramento City Council voted six to three in favor of moving ahead with the project. Citizens of Sacramento were sharply divided on the issue, with many expressing concerns over how the McKinnley Village might affect traffic in the area as well as the local environment.[7]

The project also attracted the attention of city council candidates. In District 3, Shah noted, "Now that McKinley Village has been approved and is moving forward, we must continue to monitor its development as a community, ensure that the promises made regarding the project are fulfilled, and that the concerns of the community are addressed throughout its construction and beyond."[5] Harris took a more critical stance, saying, "I would not have voted for the project as proposed at City Council. In fact, I testified at the Planning Commission and at City Council against the proposal and I suggested ways to address the traffic concerns shared by so many residents in East Sacramento. The vote could have been worse. The project was not accepted "as is." Now we need to keep pressure on the Council to follow through and get this Alhambra underpass built. If I am elected, I will fight relentlessly to get an Alhambra access constructed!"[6]

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