MacGlashan announces she won’t return to county board

Roberta MacGlashan
Roberta MacGlashan

Sacramento County Supervisor Roberta MacGlashan will not run for re-election next year after serving more than a decade, she announced Tuesday morning.

In a statement, MacGlashan said she has accomplished most of the goals she had for office when she was first elected in 2004, including prioritizing funds for public safety and helping the county weather the recession.

“It has been a privilege and an honor serving the people of Sacramento County – one I will never forget,” she said. “But now it’s time to give another leader the chance to represent District 4 and tackle the new challenges facing Sacramento County.”

Since the county’s districts were redrawn a few years ago, MacGlashan’s district has consisted of the largely rural southeast part of the county and the suburban northeast that includes Folsom, Antelope and Orangevale.

Kerri Asbury, Democratic Party chair for Sacramento County, said the district is likely too conservative for Democrats to field a viable candidate. Republicans hold a 41 percent-to-32 percent registration edge over Democrats in the district, according to county data updated Monday.

Asbury and Republican consultant Tab Berg, who works for MacGlashan, said Sacramento County’s strong campaign-finance restrictions will also deter candidates from running for her seat. Individuals can donate no more more than $250 to a candidate in an off-election year and $500 in an election year. Organizations are limited to $250 per candidate in off-election years, and $1,000 for a primary and a runoff.

The restrictions mean that candidates must spend a lot of time soliciting donations, Asbury and Berg said.

Berg said he spoke to a number of potential replacements for MacGlashan but the lack of solid interest led MacGlashan to hold off on any endorsements. Among possible candidates are Teresa Stanley, president of the Folsom Cordova Unified School District board, and Citrus Heights Mayor Sue Frost, Berg said.

MacGlashan also served as a council member and mayor in Citrus Heights before becoming a supervisor. After narrowly winning election to the Board of Supervisors in 2004, she easily won re-election twice.

A Republican, MacGlashan has been an advocate for economic development and law enforcement. She was part of a three-member majority that held conservative views, but that has diminished somewhat with Supervisor Patrick Kennedy replacing Jimmie Yee.

MacGlashan said she has not decided what she will do next, although she is considering a run for state office, among other things. She previously worked as a planning consultant, primarily for government agencies.