Congressman Dan Lungren Facing Several Possible Challengers

In recent weeks there has been much speculation about who may run against Republican Dan Lungren in the 2010 election for California's ...

In recent weeks there has been much speculation about who may run against Republican Dan Lungren in the 2010 election for California's 3rd district. The speculation has included a movement to draft Lt. Gov. John Garamendi to run.

Lungren, who was unable to carry a majority of the votes against a financially weak campaign by Dr. Bill Durston in his most recent election, is being targeted by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.

One name that has been mentioned on several occasions is Elk Grove Council Member Gary Davis. When asked by Sacramento Metro News about a possible run, Davis provided the following

There has been some recent speculation regarding my interest in running for Congress – proof of just how fast rumors spread on the internet! Please allow me to share some thoughts.

First and foremost, my top priority is serving Elk Grove. Given the changes we have made in the past few years: essentially reforming our entire city government, strengthening our neighborhoods, fighting crime, working aggressively to bring good paying jobs to Elk Grove, and much more, I believe my statement is proven with a track record.

Last year, when I was Mayor, I had the opportunity to go back to Washington, DC, along with then Vice-Mayor Hume to advocate for our city. The Congressman from our district was not interested in providing any sort of support for Elk Grove. You can read more detail in this Sac Bee article.

Earlier this week we were back in DC advocating for specific assistance for Elk Grove. In particular, we have submitted for grant funding through the Department of Justice (DOJ). These particular grants are for more police officers. One would provide 15 new police officers for 3 years (long enough to get us through this fiscal downturn). The other would be for a team of 5 officers to specifically target foreclosures and ensure they don’t become crime magnets.

In the meeting, a member of the DOJ staff commented that our Congressman is ideologically opposed to these types of requests. It was at that moment I realized our Congressman’s inability and disinterest in advocating for local communities is actually harming us. Elk Grove has been hit especially hard by foreclosures and our police are working really hard to keep crime down – but we need more officers patrolling our neighborhoods.

Having grown up in Ranch Cordova (my parents and sister still live there), I also know what issues they are struggling with. I have family in Carmichael (grandparents), Folsom (brother and sister), and friends in Citrus Heights, Galt, Wilton, Arden Arcade (all communities in the Congressional District) and I know they are having the same struggles.

In the end, we may obtain the DOJ grants. If so, however, it will be against our Congressman’s extreme ideology.

One thing is for sure – I will never shy away from a fight when it comes to advocating for local interests. Can you imagine how much greater our city (and neighboring cities) can be if we had a Congressional representative who actually provided local leadership and wasn’t stuck in an extreme ideological corner?

This is not a decision to be taken lightly and I am still contemplating it in the deepest regard. I hope you will take the time and send me your thoughts and suggestions. Feel free to email me at

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