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Jim Cooper, Darrell Fong will face off for California’s 9th Assembly District seat

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Darrell Fong

Jim Cooper

Manuel Martin

Tim Gorsulowsky

Jim Cooper at a glance

Background: He was born in France, the son of an U.S. Air Force man who ended his career at Mather Air Force Base in Sacramento. Cooper grew up in Rancho Cordova and moved to Elk Grove once he started his career.

Family: He is married to Kristen and has four daughters, ages 14 to 23.

Age: 50.

Career: Has worked for the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department for 25 years; is currently a commander.

Education: Master’s degree in organizational leadership from St. Mary’s College; attended the FBI National Academy.

Community activities and board memberships: Elk Grove City Council member for 14 years; served on board of Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Sacramento Area, the Children’s Receiving Home of Sacramento, the Boys and Girls Club, and WINN (a homeless teen outreach organization in Sacramento). Named past Man of the Year by both Big Brothers Big Sisters and Elk Grove citizens. Built the Elk Grove softball league, where he is a coach, from 400 participants to 700.

Darrell Fong at a glance

Background: Third-generation Sacramentan.

Family: Married to his wife, Joy, with three children, ages 17 to 28.

Age: 57.

Career: Retired as a captain with the Sacramento Police Department after 25-plus years. Also worked as a process server for the Sacramento District Attorney’s Office and an account technician for the state of California.

Education: Attended Sacramento City College, earned business management degree from California State University, Sacramento.

Community activities and board memberships: Sacramento City Council member since 2010. Member of the regional transit board, regional sanitation, Regional Air Water Quality Board, Human Rights Commission and Sacramento Area Flood Control Agency. Received a resolution from the state Assembly for his work fighting Asian gangs.

Posted: Tuesday, June 3, 2014 9:34 pm

Democrats Darrell Fong and Jim Cooper will face off in November to determine who will represent the 9th Assembly District, which includes Lodi.

With all 352 precincts partially reporting as of 12:44 p.m. Friday, June 13, unofficial results show Cooper with 18,172 votes (31.1 percent) and Fong with 17,078 votes (29.2 percent).

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