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STONEWALL PAC REACHES OVER THE RIVER TO ENDORSE CANDIDATES IN WEST SACRAMENTO, ROSEVILLE AND SOLANO COUNTY PAGE 17 Mayor of Elk Grove In this race, we interviewed Vice Mayor Steve Ly and Marketing/PR Consultant Tracie Stafford. Steve has served on both the School Board and City Council, while working as a Juvenile Hall Counselor. He is endorsed by the current Mayor Gary Davis, has a long list of notable endorsements, is a rigorous fundraiser, and has demonstrated support for LGBT issues. Tracie is an experienced business and marketing professional, who is running for public office for the first time. She has two teenage gay sons, who have experienced bullying, and this has made Tracie a fierce advocate for LGBT issues. She shared the story about when her 13 year old son came out at school and was publically ridiculed by a fellow student who told him, “God hates fags! You are going to hell.” Tracie was disappointed with the way the school handled the altercation. When she decided to run for Mayor, she warned the boys that they might face ridicule. She reported, “In the past, the boys asked that I not take on LGBT issues as a platform because they didn’t want the added attention. They now understand the importance of having loving, open minded parents. I hope I can spread that acceptance beyond our home.” While the PAC was very impressed with Tracie, we endorsed Steve Ly because of his record of service, the strength of his campaign organization, and his willingness to embrace LGBT issues. The PAC shared with Steve the Municipal Equality Index Score the Human Rights Campaign uses to rank 408 cities across the nation, including 55 cities in California, on how “gay-friendly” they are. Last year, Sacramento got the disappointing score of 75 out of 100. In response, Councilman Steve Hansen took the lead to work with the Human Rights Campaign to make changes within the city to improve Sacramento’s score, which will be released later this year. The City of Elk Grove’s score was a bit higher at 77 out of 100. If elected, Steve committed to work with the Human Rights Campaign to improve Elk Grove’s score. The PAC is excited about working with Steve on this index to improve the quality of life for LGBT people in Elk Grove. Elk Grove City Council, District 3 The incumbent in this seat is Republican Steven Detrick. Two democrats stepped forward to run against him, Maureen Craft who is a Human Resources Consultant, and Vincent Neuburger, who didn’t respond to our emails. The PAC was excited to meet Maureen because she is an ardent supporter of equal rights for everyone. This is her first political race, and she has worked hard to raise money and build a structure for her campaign. She recently won the endorsement of Mayor-elect Darrell Steinberg and the PAC was pleased to endorse her as well. She told us, “I stand firm on marriage equality and nondiscrimination for the LGBT community in all aspects of their lives. The need for effective solutions and resources that support the acceptance and visibility of the LGBT community is important to me. Specifically, I’m working to ensure that the LGBT youth in the Elk Grove community do not have to live in the shadows.” If elected, Maureen also agreed to work to improve the Municipal Equality Index Score for Elk Grove (77) through the Human Rights Campaign. Elk Grove Unified School District, Area 6 Nancy Chaires Espinoza is the incumbent in this race, who was appointed to this seat when Steve Ly left the school board to serve on the Elk Grove City Council. She is a long-time community advocate who was endorsed by Stonewall when she ran against Steve Ly for the City Council seat. Her main democratic opponent is Marlon Hill, who is a parent, coach, and volunteer mentor in the community. He also serves on the Boards of the Sacramento Theater Company and the Nehemiah Emerging Leadership Alumni Association. While the PAC was impressed with Marlon’s credentials and endorsements, the PAC decided to endorse Nancy. She was just appointed to the School Board almost a year ago and has served with distinction. She has advocated for policies and practices in the school district that not only advance equity, but also provide the additional support needed for LGBT students. For example, she supported the creation of designated LGBT safe spaces on primary school campuses, defended the right of high school students to create LGBT clubs and held principals accountable for setting standards for how youth will be treated on their campuses. She said, “It is critical that educators share the history of LGBT leaders. Both LGBT and non-LGBT students need to have a more accurate and complete understanding of our nation’s history.”

Quarterly- Fall 2016  
Quarterly- Fall 2016  
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