Tom Patti is the only Republican running to represent District 3 on the San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors.
And while the incumbent, Moses Zapien, will have less than a year under his belt before the November election rolls around – appointed by Governor Brown to fill the remainder of the term vacated when Steve Bestolarides assumed the post as county assessor – Patti wants the conservatives in the district to know that he’s the solid choice to represent their ideals and their platforms.
He has some surefire ideas to make sure that he does just that.
When speaking at a gathering hosted by the San Joaquin County Republican Party earlier this month at Chez Shari, Patti – the owner of Delta Cranes – said that he wants to focus on things like jobs and the economy, improving education overall and addressing the homeless population that has become an issue in some of the communities within the county over the course of the last several years.
“Necessity is a very motivating factor,” Patti said to the packed room when talking about how enforcing codes is the key to dealing with the homeless issue. It became a hot topic in Manteca and continues to be an issue in places like Downtown Stockton.
If elected, it will be Patti’s first foray into the political arena. Zapien was elected to the Stockton City Council in 2012. Both men grew up in Stockton.
Patti, who was 51 when he announced his candidacy last year, will be facing a much younger opponent in Zapien who has become active in politics and social events outside of Stockton since being tapped to take over for Bestolarides.
Some residents have already received survey calls regarding the race, asking questions about how they feel about certain topics and whether they’re more apt to support one candidate over the other – naming names on the call – as early as last month.
The district encompasses half of Manteca, a large portion of Lathrop and rural San Joaquin County – including a portion of western Stockton.
At least two other San Joaquin County Supervisors were present at the meeting, including former Board Chairman Bob Elliott whom Patti publicly lobbied for an endorsement – something that Elliott didn’t immediately respond to.
And they weren’t the only people with links to the Board of Supervisors in the room.
Ken Vogel, who termed out back in November of 2014, spoke to the group in an effort to gain momentum for his California State Assembly run. Vogel will try to be the successor to Modesto Republican Kristin Olsen who announced that should not be running for State Senate after serving two terms in the Assembly.