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Stephanie Nguyen & Sergio Robles Launch Election Campaigns

Stephanie Nguyen & Sergio Robles Launch Election Campaigns

Two candidates for elected office with Elk Grove connections kicked off their campaigns Sept. 10, sending supporters into the neighborhoods with messages they hope will inspire and drive voters to the polls.

City Councilwoman, Stephanie Nguyen, held her event at the Promenade Shopping Center in the heart of the charming Greenhaven-Pocket neighborhood. The largely Asian and Pacific Islander community there knows her well through her work with Asian Resources Inc. (ARI). Meanwhile, Planning Commissioner, Sergio Robles, rallied at District 56’s Veterans Grove. It was a fitting location given his role with the California Army National Guard.

Nguyen is in a tight race for state Assembly District 10 against Sacramento City Councilman Eric Guerra. Robles faces Giezi Bermudez, ARI Deputy Director, for District 4 on the Elk Grove City Council.

Both candidates have high profile support. But at their kickoff events, Nguyen and Robles said the key to their races hinges on community energy.   

Stephanie Nguyen

“Together, we are going to win this”

-Stephanie Nguyen
Photo Credit: Tony Mercado

As ARI executive director, Nguyen helps immigrant families adjust into the United States. Now, the community that she assists has turned out to help her.  Families, friends and well-wishers sorted fliers and signs for a morning of neighborhood walking. Nguyen knows the next few months will be a tougher fight than the June primary when she placed first.

“It’s going to be a war. They’re going to come after us with everything they can think of,” she said.

Photo Credit: Tony Mercado

Nguyen is keeping her eye on the issues. Her to-do list in the Assembly includes addressing the county’s growing homeless population and ensuring public safety. She wants to protect women’s rights and improve access to services for special needs children and their families. She’s also aware of the significance a victory would mean as a woman of color.

“There hasn’t been a Democratic woman in the Legislature representing our region of Sacramento since Senator Deborah Ortiz,” said Nguyen. “And for the first time, we could have a Democratic Asian Pacific Islander woman there. Representation matters. From here on out, we’re going to have to run as fast as we can.”

The newly redrawn 10th district includes portions of Sacramento, unincorporated Sacramento County and Elk Grove. Learn more about Stephanie Nguyen at

Sergio Robles

“I’m ready to serve.”

-Sergio Robles

Robles started his campaign under the rows of military branch flags at District 56’s Veterans Grove. With the symbols of ultimate service as a backdrop, Robles is eager to prove he has the same kind of commitment that can benefit Elk Grove’s District 4. 

“Ultimately, our campaign is about people. In every capacity, I want to make sure we address people’s needs,” he said.

Over the past several weeks, Robles has gone on a “listening tour” of the city. He’s knocked on doors to talk about improving Elk Grove’s infrastructure and tackling the housing crisis. He’s also determined to find ways for small businesses to thrive.

“My hope is that people get to know me, reach out and have conversations, said Robles. “I want to hear from those in District 4. I want to make sure the city develops what they want to see.”

Photo Credit: Tony Mercado

The District boundaries include Elk Grove Boulevard, Bilby Road, Highway 99 and a portion of Bruceville Road. It continues south in the area of Franklin Boulevard. Learn more about Sergio Robles at

About The Author

Tony Mercado

Tony is our News & Events Editor. Tony Mercado brings a decade of experience as a Bay Area newspaper reporter to the Tribune. He studied journalism and political science at San José State University and has written for such dailies as the Gilroy Dispatch, San José Mercury News and Contra Costa Times. By day, he’s a communications specialist for a San José water district and somehow finds time to dive into a Stephen King novel, get in the stands for San José Sharks and Las Vegas Raiders games and whoop it up with his family and rescue dogs.

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