With four candidates running for the District 5 seat of the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors in this month’s primary election, candidate Jaclyn Moreno and a campaign representative from candidate Pat Hume drew attention to themselves as they participated in an exchange of messages. on social media about voting record of the two candidates.
In addition to Moreno, who serves as chairman of the Cosumnes Community Services District Board, and Hume, who is a member of Elk Grove City Council, former Elk Grove Mayor Steve Ly and Alex Joe, a former administrator of the Unified School District Elk Grove, are running for District 5 seat.
District 5 includes the communities of Elk Grove, Galt, Wilton, Rosemont, Mather, and Rancho Cordova, and the communities of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.
Commenting on Moreno’s May 23 campaign Facebook page, Tab Berg, a consultant representing Hume’s campaign, said Moreno did not vote in the 2006, 2008, 2012 and 2014 election years.
Responding to Berg’s comment the same day, Moreno wrote on his Facebook page that “Hume’s out-of-town political consultant (was) lying to people about me.”
“Curious fact: in his failed attempt to embarrass me, he did not bother to check his facts,” he wrote. “I started my vote in the 2009 special election. Pat no. Absent at the polls and absent from the polls.”
Citizen asked Moreno this week to further address the accusation that he did not vote in 2006, 2008, 2012 and 2014.
“I am disappointed that my opponent sent his political consultant to maliciously edit my ballot paper to spread misinformation,” he wrote in an email. “According to the Sacramento County Public Voter Record Database and Voting History, I have proudly voted in every election year since 2004, including the May 2009 special election, in which Mr. Hume considered no. it was important to vote. “
Moreno added that he failed to vote “in a primary election.”
“In 2014 and before, I missed voting in some primary elections and, to be direct, until I had children, I didn’t even know how important primary elections were,” he wrote. “Why? Because civic education is not taught effectively in schools and politics is inaccessible to as many working families as mine.
“When you work from dawn to dusk to support your family, raise your children, and put food on the table, the last thing most people think of is voting in primaries.”
Moreno told the Citizen that he is running to “change that (mindset).”
“I am running to put these people at the forefront and to make sure that working families, new mothers, single parents, salaried workers and the common people of Sacramento County have a voice in their local government,” he wrote.
At the request of the Citizen, Hume also addressed the Facebook exchange between Moreno and Berg.
“I was informed on a social media exchange between my consultant and Moreno’s campaign about the number of elections she did not vote for,” she wrote in her email response. “Frankly, that’s all I know and not really my focus. My campaign and I are still focused on the issues of this campaign and (are) more concerned about people voting in this election. The full exercise of democracy is critical to our community and our nation ”.
Hume also mentioned that he did not instruct Berg to interact with Moreno.
“I didn’t send my consultant to do anything,” he wrote. “Frankly, I think the back-and-forth exchanges are fruitless and unproductive. I have no idea what his electoral record is, how many elections he missed or whether he ran in a special election outside the year 13 years ago.
“I’m focused on issues that affect Sacramento County residents: homelessness, crime, traffic, infrastructure, economic recovery, helping small businesses, and other local quality of life issues.”
Hume also shared how he planned to use his remaining time before the June 7 primary election.
“I plan to spend time, from now until next Tuesday, to keep talking to the voters, so that they know that I am the most qualified and prepared candidate of the race, ready to go to work on the first day,” he wrote.
Ryan K. Brown, Moreno’s campaign manager, commented on Moreno’s plans before the election.
“Talk to the voters and get our message across,” he wrote in an email. “Nothing else will make a difference right now. We are focused on getting voters in every part of District 5, from the bottom of the Delta to the beautiful Dry Stream.
Negative emails, TV commercials hit the local Assembly race
During the final stretch of the primary election season, two Democratic candidates in State Assembly District 10 were targeted on television and sent out attack announcements in the mail.
Sacramento City Council member Eric Guerra and Elk Grove City Council member Stephanie Nguyen are currently leading the campaign fundraising race. The war campaign has a final cash balance of more than $ 207,500 while Nguyen has a cash balance of $ 151,582 as of May 21st. Both candidates have also been subjected to negative announcements in recent weeks.
In two emails sent out in late May, Guerra was portrayed as a Sacramento leader whose city made the homelessness problem worse under his watch. One of the postmen promoted Nguyen’s campaign and described the war as “the wrong Democrat for the Assembly.” This email described it as “no solution to the problems of the homeless” and described it as an “internal chapter” that is supported by special interests.
War campaign spokesman Michael Terris shared his responses to the attack announcements that focused on homelessness and War work in the capital.
“Pointing your finger doesn’t solve homelessness,” Terris said.
He added that Guerra worked in Sacramento County Hall to take homeless people off the streets of the Stockton Boulevard area, expand housing options for women and children, and worked with Sacramento County to expand mental health services.
Terris said: “(War) is making the effort to solve the problem and has moved forward.”
As for accusations that Guerra is a “capitolist,” as he worked as chief of staff in the State Assembly, Terris said the War experience is an advantage for him.
“It really means that voters who choose Eric are choosing someone who knows how to do things in the capital, and that’s a big advantage,” he said.
In his interview, Terris accused Nguyen’s campaign of violating state law in a recent email that did not include the ad’s sponsor.
Andrew Acosta, a consultant for the Nguyen campaign, responded to the accusation.
“We will deal with the competent authorities in this matter,” he said. “If Guerra wants to debate real mail, I’m happy.”
Acosta addressed a pro-war television ad in which some women confronted the camera and denounced Nguyen.
“Nguyen is not our kind of Democrat, so I’m supporting Eric Guerra,” one speaker said.
This ad was paid for by the Responsible Housing Solutions Providers Committee and was not authorized by any candidate. This committee contributed to the War campaign this spring, including a $ 125,000 contribution reported on May 16, according to California State Department records.
A spokesperson for Responsible Housing Providers could not be reached, at the time of publication.
In her commercial, a woman criticized Nguyen’s support in 2018 for Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones, whom the woman described as a “sheriff who attacks immigrants” as Jones was with then-President Donald Trump to criticize the laws of California immigration.
Acosta told Citizen about Nguyen’s work as CEO of Asian Resources Inc., a non-profit organization that helps immigrants and refugees.
“Stephane’s daily job is to support immigrants,” he said. “Trying to group her as a Trump supporter is ridiculous.”
The TV ad also claims that Nguyen, in Elk Grove City Council, refused to censure his “political ally”, then-Mayor Steve Ly, for allegedly harassing his associates with several local women, including his opponent in the election. Mayor Bobbie Singh-Allen in 2020. Ly repeatedly. denied the allegations.
In August 2020, Nguyen was among the members of the Council who voted 4-0 to request an investigation by the Sacramento Grand Jury into the charges against Ly, rather than censoring him.
“They’re lying outright about Stephanie’s record,” Acosta said of the TV ad.
The other candidates in the Assembly’s 10th District race are Republican Eric Rigard and Democrats Tecoy Porter and Ben Thompkins. The winner of this race in November will represent Elk Grove in the redesigned District 10 of the Assembly.
News editor Cameron Macdonald contributed to this article.
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