Elk Grove City Council Member Pat Hume on March 5 held a meet-and-greet and canvassing event in Galt, looking to learn about the issues that motivate Galt residents and spread the word about his candidacy for the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors District 5 seat.
Encompassing more than 650 square miles, District 5 includes Galt, Elk Grove, Rancho Cordova and Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta communities. Hume said he wanted to become familiar with each of the district’s different areas.
“I’m just down here to get to know some of the folks in Galt a little bit better,” Hume told the Herald during the meet-and-greet, which took place at the Coffee Shop Bakery. Hume and his campaign team planned to canvass neighborhoods on the east and west sides of the city.
The members of the Galt City Council turned out in support.
“It’s great to be out here and have the support of the council members, and I’m just trying to get into all corners of the district to learn the different issues that hopefully I’ll be looking to attack and solve as the next supervisor.”
While he is familiar with the city from his work with his family’s homebuilding business, the Emerald Park Company, Hume said he wanted to hear from people “on their doorstep.”
Galt council members told the Herald why they are backing Hume for the seat.
“I’ve known Pat for many years — probably 15, 20 years — and he’s always responsive to citizens, and what we need at the county level right now is somebody that’s going to listen to all communities in District 5,” Council Member Rich Lozano said.
Vice Mayor Paul Sandhu said that, in choosing whom to support, he looked for the best person for the job.
“His record shows he’s very competent. He’s doing a job for the community,” Sandhu said. “He has the knowledge, skill and ability. … Of that I have no doubt in my mind.”
Council members hoped that Hume could encourage greater cooperation between the city and county.
Lozano and Sandhu pointed specifically to roads on the city limits, such as Kost Road, which are split between city and county jurisdiction. Mayor Shawn Farmer also talked about a tendency for people to dump large appliances and other litter on county land near the city.
Hume said the county and the city need to work together because taxpayers want their issues addressed, regardless of jurisdiction.
“Roads are a big one because oftentimes you’ll see the sign where it says, ‘Now entering,’ and all of a sudden the road changes, and we can work past that if we start looking at how do we recognize that we’re stronger together,” Hume said.
Hume said he wants to increase representation for the smaller communities of the district.
“I’m really looking forward to being a voice for the smaller communities that don’t have representation,” Hume said. “Coming from Elk Grove, I know that Elk Grove can take care of itself, and so it’s places like Rosemont and Galt and Herald and down in the Delta. These communities are fragile, and they need help, they need somebody to represent them within the larger regional bodies, and I’m looking to be that voice for them.”
The District 5 seat is open this year after Don Nottoli’s announcement last year that he would not seek reelection.
Other candidates in the District 5 race include former Elk Grove Mayor Steve Ly, Cosumnes Community Services District Board President Jaclyn Moreno and former Elk Grove Unified School District trustee Alex Joe.