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Elk Grove councilwoman Sophia Scherman to run for Lodi-Galt Assembly seat

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Sophia Scherman

Posted: Wednesday, September 7, 2011 10:53 am | Updated: 11:34 am, Mon Jan 9, 2012.

Elk Grove City Councilwoman Sophia Scherman has announced that she is running for the new 9th Assembly District seat that extends from Lodi and Galt to South Sacramento.

Scherman, a Republican, is a charter member of the Elk Grove City Council, which incorporated as a city in 2000. She was mayor in 2004 and 2010. Now she says she wants to become an Assemblywoman to fight for fiscal responsibility, preservation of agricultural land in Lodi, Galt and south Elk Grove, preventing illegal immigration and making higher education more affordable.

“I’m serious. I’m very serious about this race,” she said.

Scherman and her campaign consultant, Duane Dichiara, said they aren’t aware of any other candidates in the 9th Assembly District.

Scherman describes herself as a fiscal conservative.

“I watch the money,” she said. “Just because you have checks in your checkbook doesn’t mean you have money.”

Scherman wouldn’t give examples of what should be trimmed from the state budget, but she said that law enforcement should be a top spending priority by the state. And that includes border patrol, she said.

Illegal immigration should include people of all nationalities — anyone crossing the borders illegally, Scherman said.

“They’re taking social services we should be giving our citizens, and the well is going dry,” she said. “There should be term limit where you become a citizen of the United States or you go home.”

Scherman entered kindergarten not knowing a word of English, but by second grade, she says she became fluent.

Her father was a migrant farm worker born in New Mexico, and her mother was born in Mexico. Scherman said she taught her mother the skills required for citizenship in 1954.

Scherman said she will rely on district residents to keep her informed about what is most important to them.

“The citizens are my eyes and ears, and I am their voice,” she said.

Scherman will have a public town hall meeting at 7:30 a.m. on Tuesday at the Elk Grove Grange Hall, 9125 Elk Grove Blvd.

Contact reporter Ross Farrow at rossf@lodinews.com.

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