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City of Rancho CordovaCandidate for City Council

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Donald Childs

Pharmaceutical Warehouse Worker
5,095 votes (8.34%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Housing Affordability, Insecurity and Homelessness - Maintain our ability to address housing insecurity for working families and seniors to prevent homelessness, and continue to partner with other local governments to address long term homelessness.
  • Ensure Public Safety Services Funding, Transparency and Priorities meet all our citizens needs and ensure due process for both residents and officers.
  • Restore the Planning Commission suspended since 2011 : Citizens deserve to be involved in the decisions that impact their neighborhood's quality of life, safety, health and economic opportunities.



Profession:Pharmaceutical Warehouse Worker
Pharmaceutical Warehouse Worker - Pharmaceutical Shipping Specialist, McKesson Corporation (1995–current)
Oversight Committee Member, Cordova Recreation and Park District Park Maintenance and Recreation Improvement District (PMRID) Oversight Committee — Appointed position (2019–2020)


American River College Business Administration/MIS (2013)
Cosumnes River College Business Administration/MIS (2013)
Microsoft Certificate, Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP) (2004)
UC Davis Extension Sacramento Business Administration/MIS (1995)

Community Activities

Community Advocate, RT Bus Route 75 Riders of Rancho Cordova (2019–current)
Community Advocate, Neighbors of Cordova Creek (2019–current)
Volunteer, Bicycle Advocates of Rancho Cordova (2019–current)
Individual Member, Environmental Council of Sacramento (2020–current)
Union Steward, Teamsters Local 150 (2019–2020)


I moved into Rancho Cordova in 1973 when my parents bought their first home in the Mills Park-Croetto neighborhood. I graduated from Cordova High School, attended American River and Cosumnes River College. I served as a member of the Rancho Cordova Incorporation Committee. 

My experiences advocating for change in my neighborhood, and representing workers as a union steward, helped me to develop conflict resolution skills, a value of respecting different views and the importance of actively listening to people.

1999-2002: Member, Rancho Cordova Incorporation Committee

2019-2020: PMRID Oversight Committee, Cordova Recreation and Parks District Zone A

2019 - Present: Community Advocate, RT Bus Route 75 Riders of Rancho Cordova

2019: Community Advocate, Neighbors of Cordova Creek

2001-2004: Web Site developer and researcher, Neighborhood Eyes Rancho Cordova water quality group

2000-2007: Web Site developer,

1995-1998 Neighborhood Watch Coordinator, Countryside Neighborhood

Who supports this candidate?

Individuals (12)

  • Helen Childs
  • Rey Zerbini
  • Dave McClure
  • Peggy Sheehan
  • David Sheehan
  • Adam Padilla
  • Lupe and Pedro Hernandez
  • Angel and Greg Ball
  • Anthony Makarczyk
  • Belinda Rianda
  • Sherilll Childs
  • Ed Walker

Questions & Answers

Questions from League of Women Voters of California and Elect Justice CA (2)

Does your office have any plans to include currently or formerly incarcerated people in your decision-making process as it relates to criminal justice issues? What would that look like?
Answer from Donald Childs:

No, not currently.

With 8,000 people eligible for release from CA prisons to help stem the transmission of COVID-19, how, if at all, would your office aid these Californians and their families in navigating reentry?
Answer from Donald Childs:

Currenty, the City of Rancho Cordova funds, though a HUD Community Development Block Grant, and in coordination through Sacramento County’s HOME Consortium Consolidated Plan:

  • The Folsom Cordova Community Partnership – Relief Safety Net Services
  • Sacramento Self-Help Housing - Housing Counseling Services
  • Renters Helpline Housing Counseling
  • City of Rancho Cordova Homeless Outreach Team 
  • Rancho Cordova Homeless Assistance Resource Team (HART)

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

My Commitment to Elected Representation

I believe in representative government, meaning a council member represents the citizens, not their own agenda.

When an elected official can provide leadership, and convince constituents of the merit of an idea, a solution, a development project, a budgetary decision based on information and analysis present by staff or consultants,  then I believe you’ve done your job as an “elected representative”.

If what I want differs from what my constituents want, I feel that I must vote for what the people want; that my role is lead if I can, but vote for what the people want.

We may not always agree, but your trust in me to fulfill my duties, and honoring my oath of office, are not negotiable. The voters are the boss.

Its my job to get the public reliable information and analysis, and openly communicate with you, with respect as stakeholders, even if I disagree with what you want or support.

It’s also important to me to try reaching consensus, both among stakeholders and other elected representatives on the city council, but not at the expense of,  or indifference to, those who elect me to the city council.

An interesting read about this dilemma was published in a blog post from the University of Chicago Stigler Center, Booth School of Business:

Study: Politicians Vote Against the Will of Their Constituents 35 Percent of the Time 06/16/2017 – Asher Schechter

Excerpt from blog quoting Professor John G. Matsusaka of the University of Southern California:

What Matsusaka finds is that most of the time, “representation” works: 65 percent of the time, legislators’ votes correlated with the positions of their constituents. While 65 percent “is better than the 50 percent rate of congruence that would occur if legislators simply flipped a coin when voting,” he notes, it is still “less than one might hope.”

The people of Rancho Cordova will be represented 100% of the time if I serve you on the Rancho Cordova City Council. I am deeply committed to this principle.

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