San Joaquin County Supervisor Tom Patti was somewhat of a dark horse when he threw his hat in the ring for a seat against a Supervisor that was appointed by Governor Jerry Brown.
But by making himself a staple at nearly every community event he could attend in his district, the Stockton businessman – and former amateur boxer that trained under Cus D’Amato in Catskills, New York – wrapped up a four-year term and has remained a community fixture ever since he was sworn in.
And now he has some competition for a second term.
Elbert Holman, a retired Chief Investigator who spent 34-years in law enforcement before running for the Stockton City Council, where he rose to the rank of Vice Mayor, will challenge Patti on the March 3 ballot for representation on the Board of Supervisors representing District 3 – which encompasses South Stockton, Lathrop, French Camp, and the area of Manteca north of Yosemite Avenue.
Other races for the Board of Supervisors are more robust – four people, including three current members of the Tracy City Council, are running to replace District 5 Supervisor Bob Elliott who is running for Congress. Even though the District 3 election is a two-man race between Holman and Patti it as created online buzz and accusations of mudslinging from entities believed to be linked to the candidates running.
As communities in San Joaquin County like Tracy and Manteca grow into mid-sized California cities and relatively small towns like Lathrop begin to grow into their own, the county itself begins to change – reflecting some of the wider California trends like the homelessness crisis that is affecting nearly every community in the state.
Patti played a hands-on role in working with the City of Lathrop during their ongoing negotiations with the San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office over the cost of providing police services, and recently attended a meeting between the San Joaquin County Office of Emergency Services and the Lathrop Manteca Fire District, which is attempting to secure the ability to provide Advanced Life Support (paramedic) services to the residents they serve – serving as a facilitator to ensure that his constituents receive the level of service he feels they deserve.
During his tenure as an investigator for the San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office and the San Joaquin County District Attorney’s Office, Holman worked on cases including that of Antonio Espinosa – who was sentenced to Death Row for the slaying of two girls in Stockton in 1982 – and that of Alfredo Reyes Reyes, who was arrested in 2011 for the same crime in 1982 but had evaded capture for nearly 30 years by living in Mexico under an alias.
Holman also played a role in the case against former San Joaquin County Sheriff Baxter Dunn and his two co-conspirators – Monty McFall and N. Allen Sawyer. All three men were sentenced to Federal prison for their role in a corruption scheme to allegedly help an energy company locate at the Port of Stockton, but a Supreme Court decision about the charge that the men had pled to led to their convictions ultimately being overturned.
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