With Supervisor Roberta MacGlashan stepping aside, voters in the eastern and northern ends of Sacramento County will have a rare chance to place a significant stamp on county policy.
In our view, experience matters. For that reason and others, we recommend Kerri Howell for the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors, District 4.
Four other candidates will appear on the June 7 ballot: Citrus Heights City Councilwoman Sue Frost, Folsom Cordova Unified School District trustee Teresa Stanley, high school teacher Gary Blenner and architect Michael Kozlowski.
Hardly an ideologue, Kerri Howell understands that local officials must be pragmatists first.
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Frost and Stanley have experience and would be worthy choices. Kozlowski is thoughtful, has an important endorsement from Region Business, and in time likely would be a solid supervisor. But he would do well to gain some experience in a lesser elective office.
In our view, Howell has earned the position by spending years putting in the hard work of gaining experience on the fundamental aspects of local government.
She has served for 18 years on the Folsom City Council, including two stints as mayor. She is steeped in all manner of local issues, having sat on regional boards dealing with transportation, water, sewage and pipeline safety.
She understands the mechanics of putting together balanced budgets and the importance of public safety. She promises to push for public transportation to Sacramento International Airport, and seek compassionate and realistic solutions to the intertwined issues of mental illness and homelessness.
During her 12 years on the board, MacGlashan has been an able public servant, as were her predecessors, Roger Niello and the late Dave Cox – all Republicans. As a Democrat, Howell would represent a change, though county supervisors are nonpartisan positions.
Hardly an ideologue, Howell understands that local officials must be pragmatists first. She has shown herself to be a centrist and describes herself as business-friendly. She has important relationships with the other county supervisors and would be able to work with them from her first day on the job. District 4 voters ought to value that experience.