Steve Ly

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Steve Ly
Mayor of Elk Grove
In office
December 7, 2016 – December 8, 2020
Preceded byGary Davis
Succeeded byBobbie Singh-Allen
Personal details
Political partyDemocratic
EducationUniversity of California, Davis

Steve Ly is an American politician who served as mayor of Elk Grove, Sacramento County, California from 2016 to 2020. Before serving as mayor, he was a part of the Elk Grove City Council of District 4.[1][2]

He is the second directly elected mayor of Elk Grove and the first ethnically Hmong mayor in the United States.[1][2]

On November 3, 2020 Ly was defeated by Bobbie Singh-Allen in his bid for a third term as mayor.[3]

Early life, education, and career[edit]

Steve and his family immigrated from Xiangkhouang Province, Laos, to the United States, during the Vietnam War, starting his new life at age 4. He graduated the University of California, Davis with a degree in Sociology and Political Science.[4]

Steve has served as the Director to Serve Elk Grove and Director to Asian Pacific School Board Members Association, Director to the Hmong National Development, Director to the National Parent Teacher Home Visitation Project, with the Elk Grove Optimist Club, Executive Board member of SEIU-UHW, Sacramento County Sheriffs Community Advisory Board, California State Advisory Council on Refugee Assistance and Services, Carroll Elementary School Site Council, Boards official liaison to Sacramento County Office of Education, Elk Grove School Board's Clerk, and as Elk Grove City Councilman. He has also provided academic support and counseling to youth in juvenile hall.[4][5][1]

City council[edit]

Mayor Ly was elected to be the City Councilmember for District 4 in 2014.

Mayor of Elk Grove[edit]

Elected on November 8, 2016, and winning re-election on December 12, 2018, he has advocated for youth education and empowerment,[5] boosting the economy with more infrastructure, civic amenities, and jobs.[6]

Steve Ly is running for a 3rd term in the 2020 mayoral race against Bobbie Singh-Allen and Brian Pastor.[7]

Civic Amenities[edit]

Mayor Ly has taken credit for building a Costco, aquatics center, animal shelter, veterans hall, community center, and senior center.[6]


The City of Elk Grove has approved plans the construction of a hospital by Dignity Health. Ly has championed a second hospital and a bio tech center, though the project is mired in controversy.[8]

Personal life[edit]

Ly is married to his wife Cua and has 2 children. He lives with his family in Elk Grove.[9][10]


Allegations of Harassment

In the spring of 2020, Ly made an online Facebook post about an auto shop that was burned down in Sacramento, Ca.  Because the auto shop happened to burn down the same night that Black Lives Matter was protesting the death of George Floyd, some accused Ly of implicating BLM as the perpetrators despite there being no mention of BLM anywhere in his post.  Ly rejected these assertions, and to this day, these accusations remain baseless.  Ly later deleted his post due to several individuals using it as a platform to spread hate and false allegations against other private citizens.

When that controversy failed to persevere, a former disgruntled employee of Ly’s released an op-ed falsely accusing Ly of trying to silence her through the Hmong ‘clan’ system.  In response, several other local women came forward with their own stories of alleged harassment at the hands of Ly and/or his associates.  One woman detailed how Ly’s 2018 campaign staffer harassed her over several months.  According to her allegations, Ly failed to handle that situation appropriately.


  1. ^ a b c "Elk Grove's new mayor cheered by Hmong worldwide". The Sacramento Bee. December 10, 2016.
  2. ^ a b "For nation's first Hmong mayor, life is an 'American story'". NBC News. Retrieved March 8, 2020.
  3. ^ "Sacramento County - Election Night Results". Retrieved November 14, 2020.
  4. ^ a b "Full Biography for Steve Ly". Retrieved March 8, 2020.
  5. ^ a b "Steve Ly". The Greater Sacramento Economic Council. Retrieved March 8, 2020.
  6. ^ a b Armstrong, Lance. "Ly talks about new mayoral term". Elk Grove Citizen. Retrieved March 8, 2020.
  7. ^ Writer, Lance Armstrong Citizen Staff. "Election 2020: Ly, Suen, Spease lead city candidates in fundraising". Elk Grove Citizen. Retrieved October 22, 2020.
  8. ^ Armstrong, Lance. "Election '18: Mayor Ly kicks off re-election campaign". Elk Grove Citizen. Retrieved March 10, 2020.
  9. ^ "For nation's first Hmong mayor, life is an 'American story'". NBC News. Retrieved March 10, 2020.
  10. ^ "Mayor Steve Ly – Serving the Elk Grove community". Retrieved March 10, 2020.