Four years ago, Sacramento's unemployment rate was 5.9 percent. Today it's 10.5 percent. Job creation is a focal point for the candidates.
Kim Mack has worked in government. She says she would use McLellan Air Park, Mather Field, and UC Davis to attract manufacturers of medical devices.
MACK: "They can do research, developing, manufacturing, and shipping and that will provide jobs of all kinds of levels to the community."
Human Resource Manager Sandra Bettencourt says the city could save more lower-level jobs by removing more middle management.
BETTENCOURT: "I believe that we have an extraordinary amount of duplication of effort in city government as well as, perhaps, staffing ratios that are out of sync from where they should be."
YAJ: "I tried to start up a business. It took me two years just to go pass through all of the inspections. That is something we need to eliminate or at least cut down some of those codes and those requirements from the city. "
Rob Kerth is a former head of the Midtown Business Association. Like Yaj, he says business creation equals job creation.
KERTH: " "The length of time it takes to get permits, the difficulty in figuring out how to move forward as a community makes that very difficult. We have to streamline our government."
Developer Alan Wayne Warren says big projects boost employment.
WARREN: "We can't continue to cut the budget out of this recession. So, we have to create additional revenue. And the way you do that is by stimulating business,"
A sixth candidate, Jason Sample, declined requests to be interviewed.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics measurement of employment puts the Sacramento region among the worst 10 percent in the nation.
District Two encompasses the northeastern part of the city and includes the Arden, Rio Linda Boulevard and Bell Avenue neighborhoods.