Michael Lynch

Key Facts

Party N/A; nonpartisan election
Status Challenger


Michael Lynch graduated from Valley High School in South Sacramento in 2006 and went to on to earn his Master’s degree in Public Policy and Administration from Sacramento State University. In 2011, he served in the California State Capitol as a policy consultant and legislative advisor [1]. In addition, he is the founder and CEO of the youth nonprofit Improve Your Tomorrow, which aims to help young men of color go to college and into the workforce [2].

Key Issues


Lynch advocates for keeping neighborhoods safe and clean, increasing investment in homeless prevention strategies, and expanding access to mental health and substance abuse services [1, 2].


Lynch is a proponent of utilizing city-owned land to create more affordable housing, in addition to simplifying the building permitting process and reducing developer fees for affordable housing projects. He is also an advocate for creating a local down payment assistance program and hosting first-time homebuyer workshops [1, 2].


Lynch supports funding for youth programming, increasing access to after-school programs and internships, and community organizations for literacy rates and workforce development [1].

Public Safety

Lynch supports creating a citywide violence prevention strategy, investing in community-based organizations for crime victims, and programs that help low-income homeowners make safety improvements to aging homes [1].


Harry S. Truman Democratic Club of Greater Sacramento, Sacramento Democratic Alliance, Black Women Organized for Political Action (BWOPA), Carpet Resilient Floor Coverings & Sign Workers, Local Union 1237, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 340, Iron Workers Local 118, U.A. Local 447 Plumbers, Pipefitters, Refrigeration Fitters and Service Technicians, Sacramento Association of Realtors, Sacramento Metropolitan Chamber Political Action Committee, Sacramento Regional Builders Exchange, Sacramento Region Business Association, Shirley Weber, California Secretary of State; Tony Thurmond, California State Superintendent of Public Instruction; Phil Angelides, fmr. California State Treasurer; Steven Bradford, California State Senator; Reggie Jones Sawyer, California State Assemblymember; Jay Schenirer, Sacramento Councilmember; Rick Jennings, Sacramento Councilmember; Rich Desmond, County of Sacramento Supervisor; Dr. Dawnté Early, West Sacramento Councilmember; Quirina Orozco, West Sacramento Councilmember; Lucas Frerichs, Mayor of Davis; Gloria Partida, Davis Councilmember; Michael Tubbs, fmr. Mayor of Stockton; Pamela Haynes, Los Rios Community College Trustee;  Rebecca Sandoval, Twin Rivers Unified School District Board Trustee; Ramona Landeros, fmr. Twin Rivers Unified School District Board Member; Rod Brewer, Cosumnes Community Services District Director; Jamee Villa, Sacramento City Unified School District Trustee; Michael Minnick, fmr. Sacramento City Unified School District Trustee; Chet Madison, fmr. Sacramento City Unified School District Trustee; Kendra Macias Reed, Sacramento Planning Commission Chair; Doug Covill, Sacramento Planning Commissioner; Melissa Granville, Sacramento Active Transportation Commissioner; Rita Gallardo-Good, fmr. Youth Parks and Community Enrichment Commission Chair; Nick Avdis, Sacramento Area Flood Control Agency Member and Reclamation District 1000 Trustee; Staci Anderson, Pro Youth and Families CEO; Andrew Avila, Community Advocate; Manuel Ballejos, Community Member; Lynn Berkley-Baskin, Community Member; John Bologni, Community Member; Bryan Burnitt, South Natomas Resident; Monique Canty, Nurse; Lawrence Charles, Community Member; Kevin Elizarraraz, Community Member; Itzaes Flores, Community Member; Margaret Fortune, Education Leader; Mark Freidman, Business Owner; Guneet Gee, Community Member; Alex Gonzalez; fmr. President of California State University Sacramento; Brandon Gonzalez, Business Owner, Flawless Boxing & Fitness; Nicholas Haystings, Square Root Academy CEO; Chet Hewitt, Sierra Health Foundation CEO; Jairon Jackson, Architects of Hope CEO; April Javist, Sacramento Literacy Foundation CEO; Cassandra Jennings, St. Hope CEO; Blake Johnson, Education Leader; Jim Keddy, Youth Forward Executive Director; Denton Kelly, Business Leader; Jay King, California Black Chamber of Commerce President and CEO; Deanna LaTour-Jarquin, Community Leader; Alan LoFaso, Chair of the Sacramento Stonewall Democratic Club PAC; CJ Lynch, Community Member; Dennis Mangers, Community Leader; Rick Martinez, fmr. Sacramento County Fire Chief; Alana Mathews, California Energy Commission; Benjamin Murti, Community Member; Phil Oates, Business Owner and Philanthropist; Yovani Pacheco, Community Member; Candice Phillips, Community Member; Bel Reyes, Midtown Cantina Owner and Innovation Bridge Executive Director; Kevin Rivera, Community Member; Vince Sales, Everyday Impact Consulting; Ikjot Sandhu, Community Member; Iman Sheikh, Community Member; Les Simmons, South Sacramento Christian Center Pastor; Marcus Strothers, CEO of Mentor California; Fred Teichert, Teichert Foundation Executive Director; Bob Thomas, fmr. Sacramento City Manager; Tina Thomas, Business Owner, Thomas Law Group Founder; Gabby Trejo, Community Leader; Gina Warren, CEO of Neighborhood Wellness Center; Josh Wood, Sacramento Region Business Association CEO; Lisa Wrightsman, Street Soccer USA Executive Director


1 Michael Lynch
2 Official Candidate Statement
3 Ballotpedia