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Two Vying For Sacramento City Council District 4 Seat

Two people are running to represent Sacramento City Council District 4. One is the incumbent and the other is an advocate for the rights of the homeless and medical marijuana users. 

Susan "Sioux" Colombe is an advocate for the rights of the homeless, medical marijuana users, renters and some criminal defendants. She carries a dog with her to help with her anxiety and says she was inspired to run by her grandson.

"He could do anything with instructions and I believe that if you're taught with instructions and the proper teachings, any person could do as well as anyone else," she says.

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Susan "Sioux" Colombe is an advocate for the rights of the homeless, medical marijuana users, renters and some criminal defendants. Bob Moffitt / Capital Public Radio

On the topic of government transparency, Colombe says private emails should not be used for public business.

"It's absolutely wrong for private emails," she says. "It's private. And, it's my understanding that if you're working for a company and you draw some pictures, [you patent that], while working for a company, they might own you even on that rights because you made this project on their time. It happened to my father."

Steve Hansen is the incumbent. He says he considers his four years in office a success and has plans to do more.

"Everything from Capitol Mall, to the riverfront, to arts, to making sure the re-opened Washington Elementary goes well, to infill development, fixing city policies in a variety of areas," he says. "We're just trying to do a lot of important things right now. Some are big. Some are small. But, everything matters to someone."

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Steve Hansen has been the city council representative for District 4 in the past four years. Bob Moffitt / Capital Public Radio.

On the topic of government transparency, Hansen says investigations of elected officials should be made public whenever possible.

"The public should be able to judge us based on the facts," he says. "When we don't release those things, it's hard for the public to trust us and I believe that increasing the public's trust is important for having faith in government. And so, I want us to make sure that we are doing everything to maintain and build the public's confidence in what we do."

The primary election is June 7.