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Councilman Donovan
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Sacramento Public Library
Sacramento Ephemera Collection
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Patrick B. Donovan was a Sacramento resident who ran for the Sacramento City Council in 1967 before encountering legal barriers due to his age since the city charter required that candidates for the city council be eligible to vote for at least five years, and at twenty-five and a half, Donovan was a few months short. He continued campaigning despite not being legally eligible to sit on the city council. Though the pamphlets describe him as “The Independent Candidate,” he was an active member of the Sacramento County’s Democratic Central Committee. He was selected as a “compromise candidate” for the city council in 1979, when Robert Matsui’s election to Congress left a seat vacant. These pamphlets were produced for his campaign to remain on the city council following the end of Matsui’s term. Though he enjoyed widespread labor support, he was defeated by Lynn Robie. He died in 1981 of cardiac arrest following surgery.
City Council, Sacramento

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