FAIRFIELD — City Councilwoman Pam Bertani announced Wednesday that she’s running for Solano County supervisor after the Rev. Mervin Davis introduced her by saying Bertani “is facing a Goliath” – and added that the end of that Bible story is well-known.
Bertani in her announcement spoke about the connections residents make with their community.
“A wise man once said, ‘We drink from wells that we did not dig,’ ” she recounted. “We prosper from people whom we did not know.”
“I believe in this community – and that it can become the Solano County that we’re all proud to call home,” Bertani said. “We deserve more.”
“We’ll win,” she added. “We’ll change this county, district by district.”
The 3rd District seat, for which incumbent Jim Spering is also running, includes a large part of Fairfield and parts of Suisun City.
Davis, pastor of True Love Baptist Church in Fairfield, said Board of Supervisors candidate Bertani “is just what this county needs.”
“She’s fresh blood – an infusion I believe the county needs on the board,” he said.
Bertani said she is from Oakland and that back in the day, churches made things happen and were an engine of social justice and change.
“This is going to be a great race – a fun race,” she said of the election.
She spoke next to the fountains at the county government center and in front of supporters, including Solano County Supervisors Skip Thomson and Linda Seifert.
Thomson spoke at the announcement and, noting the clouds he saw in the morning, said, “I’m hoping there will be more than a just a change in the weather.”
He said of Bertani’s work: “She rolls her sleeves up – literally.”
“We in politics have one thing and that’s our word,” the county supervisor said. “Pam reflects that.”
Bertani referred to community efforts after a 2012 homicide at Parkway Gardens and spoke about a safety meeting set Wednesday night at the condominium development after another killing took place there.
“District 3 started its year off again with a homicide at Parkway Gardens,” she said.
The Fairfield city councilwoman is an attorney who graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, before getting her law degree from Arizona State University College of Law. Bertani finished first when she ran in 2011 for the Fairfield City Council.
Seifert praised Bertani’s work on the City Council.
“She’s smart. She’s approachable,” Seifert said.
Karin MacMillan, mayor of Fairfield from 2001-05 and a councilwoman for a decade, attended the announcement.
“I like what Pam stands for,” she said.
Michael Weinberg, a political organizer for the Service Employees International Union Local 1021, said he supports Bertani and that she’ll speak for those “who haven’t had a voice on the Board of Supervisors.”
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