Election 2022: Elk Grove leaders run for Sacramento supervisor

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Sacramento County Supervisor Don Nottoli listens to a presenter with Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg during a special joint meeting between City Council and Board of Supervisors to address homelessness, Tuesday, January 31, 2017 , in Sacramento County Chambers.

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The Sacramento County Fifth District Supervisor’s seat is open for the first time in decades, and familiar faces from Elk Grove are vying for the spot.

Pat Hume, Alderman of Elk Grove; former Elk Grove Mayor Steve Ly; Cosumnes Community Service District board member Jaclyn Moreno and former Elk Grove Unified School District board trustee Alex Joe are in the running.

The incumbent, Supervisor Don Nottoli de Galt, announced that his 28th year on the county council will be his last. Nottoli, a Democrat, is retiring after his current term.

Pat Hume

Elk Grove Alderman Hume won Nottoli’s early endorsement and won the support and approval of businesses, law enforcement and many county elected officials.

“Don leaves big shoes to fill,” Hume said in an interview. “Don Nottoli, (former county supervisor) Toby Johnson — they rolled up their sleeves and did the work to represent the interests of South County.

Hume has a reputation as a consensus builder, a regionalist steeped in local political issues, and a tough cross-questioner on city council.

He sits on the dais in an Elk Grove amid a flurry of construction, but also faces challenges such as homelessness, housing affordability and businesses trying to move on. forward through an ongoing pandemic.

“We saw during the pandemic that the business machine was working great, but moms and pops were being crushed,” he said.

Hume envisions a more customer service-oriented Sacramento County and calls for a new ombudsman’s office that would help business owners navigate county bureaucracy.

He supports the construction of new homes in the county’s undeveloped southeast, saying the development could ease the county’s housing crisis and help moderate home prices while bringing jobs and business to new neighborhoods. .

“We need to figure out what the blockage is for all levels of housing,” Hume said.

Hume says he will also draw on his transportation experience and relationships built with local and regional leaders over the years. Hume worked for years on the Capital Southeast Connector project, the Folsom-to-Interstate 5 bypass currently under construction that will cross southern Sacramento County.

He also sits on the boards of Sacramento Regional Transit and the San Joaquin Regional Rail Commission, which brings passenger rail service to Elk Grove and Sacramento with its Valley Rail Expansion Project.

“I have connections where I can pick up the phone. I recognize that no city is an island unto itself – we should act regionally on infrastructure, water, growth,” Hume said.

Hume pledged to “forge a new path to reduce homelessness” that not only looks to provide more housing, but also to address the deep-seated issues of addiction, mental health and trauma faced by homeless people. of the county face every day.

“How do we intervene to help find a better way? We can’t treat homelessness as one thing – it’s a population of people,” he said. “It’s not a city or county issue, it’s a regional issue.”

Jaclyn Moreno

The local workforce supports Jaclyn Moreno, Cosumnes Services District Board Member and mental health professional. Moreno is also supported by the Sacramento County Democratic Party and Stonewall Democrats.

Moreno was elected in 2018 to the board of directors that oversees parks, recreation and fire protection services in Elk Grove, Galt and unincorporated South Sacramento County. Moreno worked to diversify the ranks of the Cosumnes Fire Department, focused on fiscal responsibility, and advocated for workforce development.

“My favorite thing is policy-making and trying to figure out how we can create a community that works for everyone,” Moreno said.

A school psychologist and mental health counselor, Moreno said mental health and homelessness amid the COVID pandemic will be key elements of her campaign.

“It’s important to have a mental health professional who is downstairs on the dais every day,” Moreno said. “We have seen with COVID, an increased need for mental health care, an increased need for addiction support. These issues are paramount to our homeless community. In the end, that’s why I decided to run.

Moreno also pledged to help working families and small business owners, saying the county must work closely with minority and women-owned businesses to ensure they receive resources and opportunities.

“There hasn’t been a concerted effort to reach these people,” Moreno said. “We need to talk about fairness and fair distribution of these funds.”

Alex Joe

Joe, of Elk Grove, the former school board trustee, is seeking to be the first Black Sacramento County supervisor since Grantland Johnson, the pioneering politician, activist, and Clinton appointee who served from 1986 to 1993. Johnson is died in 2014 at age 65.

Joe could not be reached, but told the Elk Grove Citizen in February that he would focus on public safety and anti-gun violence and be a needed black voice on the board.

Joe ran for the seat twice in the 1990s. He lost to eventual supervisors Johnson and Nottoli.

Steve Ly

Steve Ly is asking for a return to public service. In one January rally announcing his candidacy for the electionsLy is committed to fighting homelessness, focusing on public safety and driving economic growth, the Elk Grove Citizen reported.

“I’m the candidate with the most,” Ly said, according to the Citizen.

Ly made history in 2016 with his mayoral victory, becoming the first elected mayor from the Hmong homeland. But the discord on the dais clouded his tenure. Later controversies involving Ly’s staff and supporters that included harassment allegations made by former campaign manager Moreno and mayoral candidate, now Elk Grove Mayor Bobbie Singh-Allen, contributed to the defeat of Ly in 2020.

Ly has repeatedly denied the allegations.

Ly did not respond to interview requests for this story.

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Darrell Smith covers the courts and California news for The Sacramento Bee. He joined The Bee in 2006 and previously worked at newspapers in Palm Springs, Colorado Springs, Colorado and Marysville. Originally from the Sacramento Valley, Smith was born and raised at Beale Air Force Base near Marysville.

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