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City of SacramentoCandidate for City Council, Council District 7

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Rick Jennings, II

Nonprofit Director/Councilmember
9,690 votes (74.63%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Keeping District 7 the safest in the City of Sacramento
  • Finishing the Sacramento River Bike Trail in Pocket/Greenhaven
  • Working with the County to address homelessness



Profession:Nonprofit Director/ Councilmember
Councilmember, City of Sacramento — Elected position (2014–current)
Vice Mayor, City of Sacramento — Appointed position (2016–2018)
Board of Education Member, Sacramento Unified School District Board — Elected position (1996–2008)


University of Maryland B.A., Criminal Justice (current)


Rick Jennings was raised in Washington, D.C., where he earned a four-year football and track scholarship to the University of Maryland and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice. After an NFL career that was cut short by injuries, including a Super Bowl victory with the Oakland Raiders, Jennings worked his way up to regional management for the Xerox Corporation, where he won numerous awards and distinctions.

Recruited by then-Mayor Joe Serna to run for the Sacramento Unified School District Board in 1996, Jennings served 12 years on the school board. During his tenure, he helped develop a strategic action plan to improve academic achievement for every child, spearheaded a facility improvement plan, helped pass two bond measures totaling $420 million, and promoted new and innovative ways to meet the needs of a diverse student population.

Since 1997, Jennings has served as the Chief Executive Officer of the Center for Fathers and Families, a non-profit organization dedicated to strengthening families and building communities in Sacramento. The Center currently serves over 2,100 young people and adults with after school programs and parenting classes. Additionally, Jennings has volunteered as a coach for youth sports and on various boards, commissions and neighborhood groups.

In 2014, Jennings was elected to the Sacramento City Council, to serve the Greenhaven/Pocket, Valley Hi and new Delta Shores neighborhoods.

Jennings and his wife of 39 years, Cassandra, have lived in Greenhaven/Pocket since 1986.

They are the proud parents of two children and four grandchildren, with another one on the way.

Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • Sacramento Latino Democratic Club

Organizations (15)

  • Plasters Local 300
  • Insulators Local 16
  • Sprinkler Fitters Local 669
  • Laborers Local 185
  • IBEW Local 340
  • BAC Local 3
  • District Council 16
  • Sheet Metal Workers Local 104
  • Ironworkers Local 118
  • Sacramento Area Building & Construction Trades Council
  • Friends of the Sacramento River Parkway
  • Operating Engineers Local 3
  • Sacramento Police Officers Association
  • Teamsters Local 150
  • Cement Masons Local 400

Elected Officials (2)

  • Mayor Darrell Steinberg
  • Congresswoman Doris Matsui

Individuals (2)

  • Devin Lavelle
  • Donna Yee

Political Beliefs

Position Papers

Created Jobs by Revitalizing the Promenade Shopping Center

The Promenade has struggled with historically high vacancies rates.
I worked with the owners to recruit new businesses to the center. Established two city staff project managers to help expedite relocation. With seven new businesses and more on the way, the Promenade is an example of local progress. I’m endorsed by construction trades unions, as well as local business groups.

Improved Public Safety, with District 7 Safest in the City

This a not victory statement. We all struggle with the notion of safety and security these days.

But together, we’re making progress in District 7, using the latest technology, working with neighborhood leaders and homeowner groups. Local newspapers, Next Door and other social media outlets enhance communication and information.

All this has brought crime down 10% below the five year average, and we are significantly safer than surrounding Districts. Thank you to the Sacramento Police Officers Association for its endorsement.

Levees, Parks, Street Repair and Transportation

Secured funding for local park improvements, including equipment, landscaping, a new dog park, and gopher control. 
We are working to modernize and reform RT. Their budget has been stabilized, there is greater security and more options for riders, and trains and buses are being replaced with cleaner vehicles. Working with the American River Parkway Coalition we have brought in millions of dollars to expand public access and expand the parkway. Those efforts have earned me the Coalition’s first-ever early endorsement.

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