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The final Sacramento County Board of Supervisors district map.

Sacramento County District 5 supervisor candidates Pat Hume and Jaclyn Moreno last week responded to the recently released, final county supervisors’ district map.

The Sacramento Board of Supervisors earlier this month approved that redistricted map, which covers the county’s five supervisorial districts.

District 5 includes the communities of Elk Grove, Galt, Wilton, Rosemont, Mather and Rancho Cordova, and the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta communities.

The new map shows a decrease in the size of this district, with a portion of the Rancho Cordova area no longer being included. The county’s description of the new map notes that the portion of Rancho Cordova currently included in District 5 is located “west of Sunrise Boulevard.”

This district still contains all of the Delta and the areas to the south and east of Elk Grove, including Galt, as well as the entire city of Elk Grove and the western part of Rancho Cordova.

District boundaries underwent redistricting following the release of the 2020 census. That process occurs every 10 years to ensure that “each of the electoral district boundaries have about the same number of people and comply with the federal Voting Rights Act of 1965,” according to the county’s website.

Hume, an Elk Grove City Council member, responded to the release of the redistricted supervisors’ map.

“I’m happy to have defined boundaries and I appreciate all of the thought and work that the supervisors have put into the process,” he told the Herald last week. “District 5 remained mostly the same, other than giving up about half of Rancho Cordova and a little bit of unincorporated (Sacramento County).

“As far as getting elected, I need to focus on folks who are going to be able to vote for me. So, now I know.”

Hume identified homelessness among the issues that are most important to him.

“Obviously, homelessness is a major issue that we need to make better strides on, addressing the humanitarian crisis, the economic crisis, as well as the environmental crisis,” he said.

Regarding economic recovery, Hume noted that it is important to emerge out of the COVID-19 pandemic with a “healthy, vibrant, local economy.”

Hume also mentioned that public safety is another one of his top issues of concern.

“Kind of tied into all of those things is public safety, making sure we’re safe when we go shopping, we’re safe when we’re going to parks, we’re safe in our own houses, and our vehicles are safe when we leave them,” he said. “We’ve seen an uptick in crime that ought to be disturbing to everybody.”

Hume also shared why he believes he is the best candidate for the District 5 seat.

“I’m the best person for the job, because of my experience, my commitment and my effectiveness,” he said. “I’ve been dealing both in the public sector and the private sector – which (involves) a lot of the major issues of land use and infrastructure and growth and utilities – for the last 20 years or so.”

Moreno, who serves as a Cosumnes Community Services District (CSD) director, told the Herald in an email response last week that she was appreciative of county residents’ involvement in the redistricting process.

“I’m grateful to the many residents across Sacramento County who provided their input to help guide the redistricting process,” she wrote.

Moreno also shared details about her campaign.

“My campaign will continue to focus on the core issues directly impacting residents across District 5: supporting working families, improving county services, and addressing the housing crisis,” she wrote.

During an interview with the Herald last September, Moreno discussed the issue of homelessness.

“You see a rise in homelessness in our region and in our city,” she said. “I work in mental health care and I’ve been doing that work for 20 years. And I have a deep relationship with county programs, because many of my clients share programs with the county, such as Medi-Cal, foster care (Child Protective Services), juvenile justice, mental health care.

“I think having that perspective at the dais can help create real solutions for the challenges that exist within our homeless community. Not only that, (but) within other issues like domestic violence, drug addiction, the whole health and human services realm.”

Moreno told the Herald last September that her experience has prepared her to serve as the county supervisor.

“I just think my experiences have led me up to this moment – my experiences as a woman, as a mom,” she said. “We’ve never actually had a woman representing the south county before, since 1850, when the county was incorporated.

“We don’t always want to play identity politics, but certainly representation is important, and women bring a different perspective, I think. However, I just think my experience, in general, as a small business owner, as a mental health care provider, currently in politics at the CSD board. I just think it’s all kind of come to a head, and it just makes sense.”

Isleton resident Vernon David Swart, a candidate in the three-candidate District 5 race, did not respond to the Herald’s request for comment by press time.