The price to be Sacramento’s next mayor includes a $2,150 candidate statement fee

City sets pro rata rate based on ballot costs, number of registered voters

Open up your wallet, K.J. wannabes. The city of Sacramento is charging mayoral aspirants $2,150 to place a 200-word candidate statement in the official sample ballots that voters will see prior to the June 7 primary.

The price is based on current registration figures and the Sacramento County Registrar of Voters Office’s estimate for covering the costs of translating, printing and mailing the ballots. In district-specific council races, the price ranges from $350 (districts 2 and 8) to $450 (District 4).

For mayoral candidates, it’s $10.75 per word, which might not seem like much to frontrunners Darrell Steinberg or Councilwoman Angelique Ashby. But neither activist Russell Rawlings nor bondsman Tony “the Tiger” Lopez, the other announced candidates, have reported any campaign contributions just yet.