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.
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
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.
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,
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.