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A Conversation With Mayor-Elect Darrell Steinberg

Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

Sacramento Mayor-elect Darrell Steinberg speaks at a rally in Sacramento expressing and encouraging solidarity between LGBT and religious communities after a shooting at an Orlando LGBT nightclub earlier in the day on June 12, 2016.

Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

By a landslide, Sacramento voters chose former California Senate President Pro Tem, Darrell Steinberg, as their new Mayor. Steinberg was a City Council member in the 1990’s before winning a seat in the California Assembly.  He succeeds Kevin Johnson, who was elected Mayor in 2008, re-elected in 2012 but chose not to run for a third term.  

Steinberg spoke with Insight host, Beth Ruyak, about campaigning for this job and his plans for the city. He also spoke about his role at a vigil for the victims of the shooting in Oralndo Sunday.

Steinberg was one of hundreds of people who gathered in midtown Sunday to honor victims of the mass shooting in Orlando.

He says any city- including Sacramento – could be Orlando. Steinberg said it’s important that the community come together and comfort one another during this time.

"We need to be vigilant in protecting one another, and certainly if people see anything that’s out of the ordinary, report it, don’t hesitate," he said. "But secondly, we need to be vigilant in recognizing that our struggle for civil and human rights is not over."

He says those in the LGBT community should continue to celebrate who they are because it’s a victory over those who perpetrate hate.

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