Latest wrinkle in Sacramento County District 5 Supervisor's race

Sacramento County Supervisor Don Nottoli announced early this year that he would leave office in 2022 after 28 years of service. That announcement has spurred an early interest in an elected position that could offer long-term electoral security based on Notolli's tenure or a stepping stone for higher political office.

With Elk Grove expected to be fully included in the 5th District when lines are redrawn for the 2022 elections, interest among politicians in the city has been strong. Already there are two declared candidates for the position.

The first Elk Grove-based candidate to declare was Cosumnes Community Services District Director Jaclyn Moreno. First elected to the CCSD in 2018, Moreno has taken more on more progressive stances as a Democratic representative. 

The other candidate is former Elk Grove City Councilmember and Mayor Gary Davis. Like Moreno, Davis is a Democrat but generally takes more moderate stances and is rumored to be in line for an endorsement by fellow-moderate Democratic California Assemblymember and former Elk Grove City Councilmember Jim Cooper.  

This week, reliable sources have said a third Elk Grove-based candidate will enter the race, City Councilmember Pat Hume. A Republican, Hume, has already said he will not seek reelection to a fifth four-year, will be the longest-serving council member with a 16year tenure in city history when he leaves office in 2022 

In an email,  Hume would not confirm or deny his candidacy. Sources have said Hume has already received support from the influential Sacramento Builders Exchange, facilitating contributions from real estate interests.

While there could be three candidates from Elk Grove in the contest, another source said based on district lines for the 2022 elections, two Republican members of the Rancho Cordova City Council could enter the race. We are told if Rancho Cordova stays in the 5th district and Hume enters the race, they will not seek the office. 

Regardless of how many enter the June 2022 race, if no candidate receives over 50-percent of the vote, the top two finishers will runoff in the November 2022 general election. 

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