Elk Grove Mayoral candidate Steve Ly addresses his supporters at the election returns party for Elk Grove Mayoral Candidate Steve Ly in Elk Grove on Tuesday, November 8, 2016. At 9:00pm early returns showed Ly winning the seat. Randall Benton rbenton@sacbee.com
Elk Grove Mayoral candidate Steve Ly addresses his supporters at the election returns party for Elk Grove Mayoral Candidate Steve Ly in Elk Grove on Tuesday, November 8, 2016. At 9:00pm early returns showed Ly winning the seat. Randall Benton rbenton@sacbee.com

Local Elections

Councilman Steve Ly wins Elk Grove mayor’s race

By Ellen Garrison

egarrison@sacbee.com

November 08, 2016 10:00 PM

This story updates here.

Elk Grove Councilman Steve Ly is maintaining his significant lead in the Elk Grove mayor’s race with 47 percent of the vote in late Tuesday results.

Seven candidates were on the ballot to replace Mayor Gary Davis. Ly, the vice mayor, and Planning Commissioner Kevin Spease emerged as the front-runners, raking in most of the endorsements and campaign contributions. Spease was second with 32 percent of the vote.

“Obviously, it looks very good,” Ly said Tuesday night. “I think that my campaign, running a positive campaign, I think it did very well.”

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He said if his lead holds, which is likely, he’ll be working closely with Davis to make the transition as smooth as possible.

Ly, 42, is two years into his City Council term. The council will choose between funding a special election for Ly’s seat or appointing his replacement, as they did when Jim Cooper was elected to the Assembly in 2014.

Ly 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, 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.

Tracie Stafford had 11 percent of the vote. Stafford, 50, ran on a platform of incorporating more citizen voices into the city planning process. She said she wants to draw higher-paying jobs into the city. A domestic violence survivor advocate, Stafford called for more attention to violence in the home, not just on the street.

The other candidates, Joel Broussard, Michael Monasky, Garrett Smith and Jrmar Jefferson, had 10 percent of the vote collectively.

Ellen Garrison: 916-321-1920, @EllenGarrison