Three candidates for Sacramento mayor have the most money and have received the most attention. But there are actually six candidates campaigning for the office. Learn more about the three people most voters have never heard of.
Charles R. Frazier is 59 years old and wants to bring attention to renters’ rights and the homeless.
"I was evicted last year wrongfully. and I found out that there was other people like myself who I have been running into who were wrongfully evicted," he says. "And the other thing, I can solve the homeless problem because I was homeless. I believe -if you are in the midst of something- you can find a solution. But, if you’ve never made a cake, you do not know how to make a cake."
Frazier says he was a hat designer, tennis coach, and stand-up comic before the economy and a divorce forced him into homelessness.
He says he is the candidate of the common man.
"I say, if they want to elect people who got experience but still see homeless on the street and will close five-minute deals, go right on (and vote for those candidates.) But, if they want somebody new with new ideas and a heart for people, then Charles R. Frazier is your man."
He says he hands out about 10 campaign fliers a day on different street corners in downtown Sacramento.
Aaron Carranza is 21 and a Sacramento City College student. He also campaigns by striking up conversations with strangers. He also hands out T-shirts.
Carranza says he hopes to set an example for people his age.
"Growing up through high school and college, so many people I've met feel as if their voice doesn't matter, you know, as far as voting goes, 'Why even vote? Why even register? My voice doesn't matter.'"
Carranza says he has short-term and long-term goals,"What our whole goal is, what our campaign's about, is to influence and just to inspire, I guess, and at the same time building my own network, meeting people and learning as much as I can and figuring out how I can help my community through that way."
Carranza says he might like to be a doctor, astronaut, President of the United States or physician's assistant some day.
He says running for office the first time has been a learning experience.
"I feel if I were to ever run again, I would be so much better prepared."
Running for mayor the third time is Richard Jones. He's 80 and an insurance broker. He says his ideas might solve problems like homelessness.
"I'm thinking about, like, you know, a Boys' Town, you have a mayor who controls these people and a place that's accessible to them. They ought to have a place to sell their goods. They can't be too far out. But, I think that might be nice," he says.
But, he's also against too much public speaking by the same people at Sacramento City Council meetings every week and he's against camping ordinance protests by the homeless.
"These people who just camp out by the mayor's office. I just think that should not be allowed."
Jones says his top priority is reducing the time people wait at traffic signals. He would also work to mandate equal time on radio and television stations for all candidates running for office.
"It might be new to have some guy in there who's just a common, ordinary citizen who's got a good sense of humor and who will listen and who is honestly trying to help the city, more than just a basketball team, and whatever, hockey? A soccer team! And all that stuff. That's fine for a certain amount of people, but not for the average guy."
Nine people filed papers to run for mayor. One dropped out, two others could not be reached for this story, and you’ve probably heard of the other three.