Before a large group of elected officials and labor union supporters, Jaclyn Moreno holds campaign kick-off rally

With a large gathering of supporters, including several elected officials and labor union members, Sacramento County Board of Supervisor candidate Jaclyn Moreno held a campaign kickoff and precinct walk event today at the Elk Grove Regional Park. A Director with the Cosumnes Community Services District, Moreno is one of five candidates seeking to replace Don Nottoli, who decided against pursuing an eight-term.

The group of over 150 people heard speeches on Moreno's candidacy from elected officials, including Calfornia State Senator Dr. Richard Pan, Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg, Sacramento City Councilmember Angelique Ashby, SMUD Director Gregg Fishman, and Elk Grove Unified School District Trustee Nancy Chaires-Espinoza. Other elected officials attending included Cosumnes Community Services District Director Orlando Fuentes and Elk Grove Unified School District Trustee Gina Jamerson.

A common thread among the speeches and Moreno's presentation was the need for Sacramento County to address mental health services. Pan, a physician who serves on the State Senate budget subcommittee on health and human services, said regardless of what happens with legislators, it is the county's responsibility to execute policy.

"If the county doesn't make it a priority, it doesn't happen in that particular county," Pan said. 

Pan added that Sacramento County has been "challenged" in making health and human services a priority. However, with Moreno on the board of supervisors, the county would have the necessary votes to make that a priority. 

"We need someone who is a champion for mental health, and if there is ever a time when need that, we need that now," Pan said. "Who better to be on the board of supervisors than actually not only a champion, an expert in mental health.

A Sacramento Central Labor Council representative asked how many people were union members, and about half raised their hands. As part of the gathering, union members walked precincts after the rally.

Fishman, who ran for the Sacramento Board of Supervisors in 2020 and narrowly lost, stressed the importance of contacting as many people as possible. In reference to Republican supervisorial candidate Elk Grove City Councilmember Pat Hume, Fishman said he expected a substantial amount of money would be spent on his behalf.  

"How do Democrats beat the financial advantage? With feet, that's how, and knocking on doors," he told the audience. "This is a winnable race."  

Hear Moreno's presentation in the video below. 

The audio of presentations by Pan, Steinberg, Ashby, and Fishman can be heard here. 

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