Sacramento Public Safety Leaders Speak with One Voice: Ashby For Mayor

Sacramento, CA – Sacramento City Mayor Pro Tem Angelique Ashby announced today that the Sacramento Police Officers Association has endorsed her campaign in the 2016 mayor’s race. SPOA officers were joined by community leaders and small business owners who added their voices in support of Ashby’s track record on crime prevention and her campaign for mayor.

Their endorsement adds to the growing and united chorus of public safety leaders that have endorsed Ashby’s campaign – joining the Sacramento Area Firefighters Local 522, retired Sacramento County District Attorney Jan Scully, and Assemblymember Jim Cooper – a former Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department Captain.

“The Sacramento Police Officer’s Association is proud to endorse Angelique Ashby. She has a record of partnering with police officers and our community that is second to none,” Sacramento POA President Tim Davis said. “Angelique Ashby is the public safety champion that our community needs for Sacramento Mayor.”

“I’m running for Sacramento Mayor to bring the community partnership approach to crime that we’ve built, and implement it across the city,” Ashby said. “From 2010 to 2014, we were able to cut the crime-rate in District 1 in half – almost twice the drop in crime that the city overall experienced in that same time. We did that by creating partnerships between the community and law enforcement that built trust and opened lines of communication.”

Ashby continued, “Now, our city is facing a crime-rate that is starting to move back up. We have come too far as a city to allow crime to rebound and undermine our future. We know what works – and we know how urgently it’s needed to ensure that crime-rates don’t continue to climb back up. That’s why I’m honored to have the support of the Sacramento Police Officers. As a city, we must support their work and support real efforts to open lines of communication between the police our communities.”

“Angelique Ashby is a community leader who has made a tremendous difference by opening up avenues for real collaboration with neighborhood activists and the police that serve our communities,” Ben Ali Community Association President Sondra Betancourt said. “All Sacramento neighborhoods would benefit from her strong leadership and commitment to engaging the community to fight crime. That’s why neighborhood leaders are here today, and why I’m proud to support her campaign for Mayor.”

Speaking at SPOA headquarters, Ashby, Davis, and Betancourt were joined at the podium by SPOA Officers Paul Brown, Matt Young, Shawn Gaynor, and Craig Wetterer – as well as neighborhood leaders Molly Fling, John Parrinello, Elena Quintero, and small business owners Danielle Marshall, Jesus Arredondo, Amarveer Dhillon, and Sukhvinder Cheema.

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Sacramento Public Safety Leaders and Organizations Strongly Support Angelique Ashby for Mayor

“The Sacramento Police Officer’s Association is proud to endorse Angelique Ashby. She has a record of partnering with police officers and our community that is second to none. Angelique Ashby is the public safety champion that our community needs for Sacramento Mayor.”

Tim Davis
Sacramento Police Officers Association, President

“Angelique Ashby is delivering results for Sacramento. As a leader on the City Council, Ashby is focused on making Sacramento an even better place to live, work, and raise a family. Angelique has led the way on critical public safety issues including improving emergency response times, establishing Sacramento’s Police Commission, expanding critical community policing programs, and protecting vital public safety funding to ensure that our police officers and firefighters can keep neighborhoods safe. Angelique Ashby has the right experience to keep Sacramento moving forward.”

Jan Scully
Sacramento District Attorney, Retired

“Angelique Ashby’s commitment to making Sacramento a safe and health city for everyone is unmatched. She has the experience, vision, and proven ability to get things done that we need in the Mayor’s office. The men and women of Firefighters Local 522 stand united behind Angelique Ashby for Mayor and look forward to working with Ashby to continue moving Sacramento forward.”

Brian Rice
Sacramento Area Firefighters Local 522, President

“On the Sacramento City Council, Angelique Ashby has shown a rock-solid commitment to public safety and has led the way on creating community and police partnerships in her district. That is the exact kind of leadership we need in the mayor’s office. Ashby has the experience, energy, and tenacity to lead Sacramento into a better future.”

Assemblymember Jim Cooper
Former Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department Captain