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McGiness To Leave As Sheriff, Cooper Announces Candidacy

Sacramento Sheriff John McGinness announced today that he will not seek reelection in 2010.

Within hours, Elk Grove City Council member Jim Cooper formally announced he will seek the office.

McGiness, who has been with the department for 29 years, said that in addition to Cooper there were two other candidates that would be vying for the position.

For Cooper, a charter member of the Elk Grove City Council and it's first mayor, it has long been speculated he aspired to be sheriff. Cooper was the sheriffs department spokesperson for several years in the mid 1990's.

It was this role as spokesperson that made Cooper widely known when he first ran for office in 2000 and is credited with his place finish in the 2000 election that fielded over 20 candidates. Prior to that, Cooper's Elk Grove community involvement was confined to children athletics.

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