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City of Elk GroveCandidate for Mayor

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Steve Ly

Mayor, City of Elk Grove/Counselor
24,035 votes (41.12%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Reduce traffic congestion, secure a light rail line to Elk Grove, and emphasize better planning going forward so that we don't repeat the same mistake of letting development exceed our capacities.
  • Fix the housing to jobs imbalance by encouraging mixed use zoning, continuing to build better civic amenities, and attracting higher-paying jobs to the area.
  • Leverage assets such as the new dental, psychology, and pharmacalogical schools to finally bring a hospital to Elk Grove.



Profession:Mayor, City of Elk Grove / Youth Counselor, SCOE
Youth Counselor, Sacramento County Office of Education (1998–current)
Mayor, City of Elk Grove — Elected position (2016–current)
Vice Mayor, City of Elk Grove — Appointed position (2015–2016)
Councilmember, Elk Grove City Council — Elected position (2014–2016)
Trustee, Elk Grove Unified School District Board of Education — Elected position (2012–2014)


University of Northern California Juris Doctor (2012)
University of California, Davis Bachelor's Degree, Major in Political Science with a Minor in Sociology (1986)


Elk Grove has been home to my family and I for 20 years.  I’ve devoted my career to educating young people and creating the communities that help them thrive.  I am a proud graduate of the University of California, Davis.  After earning degrees in Sociology and Political Science, I continued my education and subsequently earned a Doctor of Jurisprudence.  As a youth counselor by occupation, I continue to provide academic support to foster youth and young people in juvenile hall on a daily basis.


Driven by my passion to help youth succeed, I was initially elected to public service as a trustee on the Elk Grove Unified School Board.  Subsequently, in November of 2014, I was elected to the Elk Grove City Council.  In 2015, I was elected by the Elk Grove City Council to serve as the City’s first Vice Mayor of Asian Pacific Islander descent.  More recently, I was elected in 2016 as the second Mayor of the city and also became the first Mayor of Hmong descent in the nation.


My appointments have included: Director to the Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District, Director to the Sacramento Regional County Sanitation District, Alternate Director to the Sacramento Sewer Area District, Alternate to the Greater Sacramento Area Economic Council, Advisor to the Global Medical Foundation, Member of the Entertainment Facility Ad Hoc Committee, Director / Treasurer to the National Parent Teacher Home Visitation Project, Member of the League of Cities – API Caucus, and Director for Serve Elk Grove.  I’ve also previously served on the Asian Pacific School Board Members Association (APISBMA), Carroll Elementary School Site Council, California State Advisory Council on Refugee Assistance and Services, Elk Grove Optimist Club, and the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Community Advisory Board.

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

As Mayor, I want to continue to develop a local economy built on good wages & benefits, safe & affordable neighborhoods, and an infrastructure that meets our needs.  I want to strengthen our neighborhoods by making sure that housing is affordable and jobs or services are just a few blocks away.  Now that we've been able to bring medical schools to Elk Grove, we're finally in a position to get a hospital in our city—that will be a priority for me in the next two years. 


Mitigating traffic is a huge priority for me because inadequate planning and quick development have caused gridlock to get a stranglehold on our city's roads for many hours of the day.  We've got to create additional capacity on our existing roads and also create new ones.  However, one of the biggest reliefs in that regard would be bringing light rail down to Elk Grove’s transit hubs. The number of people that use I-5 and Highway 99 between Elk Grove and Sacramento every day far outweigh those few who need a light rail to the airport, so I just think that it makes sense that an extension south should be our first priority.  It's no secret that most of our residents are commuters, so I also want to keep up my work to reduce the imbalance of the housing to jobs ratio in Elk Grove.  That would not only help reduce traffic but also bring more stability to our local economy and reduce the number of miles traveled, in support of regional environmental goals. 

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