Local Elections

Two Republicans campaign for open Sacramento County supervisor seat

Sue Frost and Mike Kozlowski
Sue Frost and Mike Kozlowski Bee file

On Nov. 8, Sacramento County voters will face an almost unprecedented number of decisions. Voters in the northeast corner of the county have one more – county supervisor.

Sue Frost and Mike Kozlowski emerged from a five-candidate primary in June to replace Supervisor Roberta MacGlashan, who is stepping down after 12 years. District 4 includes a diverse group of cities and unincorporated area including Citrus Heights, Folsom, Antelope, Orangevale, Rio Linda and Rancho Murieta.

It’s the only district in Sacramento County with more registered Republicans than Democrats, and both Frost and Kozlowski are Republicans.

Kozlowski, 48, is a salesman for Johnson Controls and the head track coach at Vista Del Lago High School. He lives in Folsom and is an architect by training but does not have a license in California.

Frost, 60, joined the Citrus Heights City Council in 2012 and has served as vice mayor and mayor. She said she has lived in District 4 for most of her life, predominantly in Citrus Heights, where she lives in her childhood home. She ran a mortgage company with her husband until the mid-1990s.

Here’s some information about where the candidates stand on several key issues – and who supports them:

Measure B

Kozlowski: He is a supporter of Measure B, the half-percentage-point sales tax proposal to fund road repair and maintenance in Sacramento County.

“We all want to have nice things and one of those nice things is good infrastructure and roads,” he said. “We’re going to end up paying for it one way or another. … Right now, there is no alternative plan that’s workable for getting the money that’s necessary to do the infrastructure upgrades that are needed.”

Frost: She has not taken a position on Measure B. She said she supports having the voters decide.

“I supported putting Measure B on the ballot because the residents have a right to vote on it,” Frost said. “Measure B could fund some very important capital improvement projects and fix some potholes. I do have concerns.”

Economic Development

Kozlowki: He is pushing economic development as his No. 1 priority because helping businesses to flourish provides the revenue to tackle other problems such as homelessness, transportation and public safety, he said. He wants to streamline the county permit office so businesses can get their doors open faster.

“I’m not discounting (public safety) at all, I’m just saying it’s two sides of the same coin,” he said.

Frost: She said she’s proud of the customer service and efficiency of Citrus Heights’ permitting and licensing department. Constituents have told her county staff members are not always consistent in what they tell permit-seekers, she said. She would push for more training for county employees.

“What we have to do is try to educate our employees and we need to find a way to … promote a public process that enables businesses and residents to know not only what they can do today, but what’s coming down the pipeline if they wait a year to do that project,” she said.

Constantly evolving business regulations and permit requirements can be confusing for business owners and developers, she said.

Public Safety

Kozlowski: He said he trusts the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department to do a good job unless there’s evidence to the contrary. Complaints he hears from residents typically have to do with response times and staffing, he said, particularly in the semi-rural Antelope, Rio Linda and Elverta areas.

“What I hear consistently throughout the western part of District 4 … is that the actual staffing of deputies in that area could be improved,” he said.

Frost: She says public safety is her top priority. She wants to see more boots on the ground and faster response times in District 4. To pay for her plans, she wants to identify wasteful spending in the county budget and grow the county’s job market. Savings and new revenue would be directed towards the Sheriff’s Department.

Endorsements

Kozlowski: MacGlashan and two of her predecessors have endorsed Kozlowski. He’s scooped up big-name endorsements, including Sacramento County District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert, former Sheriffs John McGinness and Lou Blanas, and the chambers of commerce in Citrus Heights, Folsom and Rancho Cordova.

“We share the same values. After getting to know him and his values and his views on public policy, I found that he was the person who would be the best fit for the 4th District,” MacGlashan said. “He’s pro-business and pro-economic development, and I also think he will be a consensus builder.”

Frost: Frost is endorsed by the Sacramento County Probation Association, the Sacramento County Republican Party, three out of four of her Citrus Heights council colleagues and Gun Owners of California, among others. The three other primary challengers who lost in June also have endorsed Frost, including Folsom City Councilwoman Kerri Howell.

Howell said she’s supporting Frost because Kozlowski has no experience in public service and limited experience in the community.

“Sue has bothered to reach out to people to help her fill in information that she’s not historically dealt with on a day-to-day basis,” Howell said. “She’s doing the right things, working extremely hard, and she’ll do the right thing for her constituents.”

Contributions

Kozlowski: Kozlowski lent his campaign $16,500 early in 2016 and received thousands of dollars from building and construction-related PACs, for a total of about $65,400. The Region Builders PAC, sponsored by Region Business, spent over $125,000 in independent expenditures on his behalf.

Frost: Frost has raised about $94,600. She lent her campaign $10,000 and moved about $12,000 from her 2012 election fund. Many of her contributions come from real estate agents and housing associations, business owners and some development interests.

Ellen Garrison: 916-321-1920, @EllenGarrison

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