Solano County

Bertani eyes run for county supervisor

By From page A1 | January 16, 2014

FAIRFIELD — City Councilwoman Pam Bertani says she’ll decide by Friday whether to run for the Solano County Board of Supervisors seat now held by Jim Spering.

“It’s going to be a tough race,” she said. “Jim Spering is going to be a formidable candidate.”

Bertani, 50, an attorney, spoke Saturday in Vacaville to the Northern Solano County Democratic Club about a county supervisor campaign.

“I’m strongly, seriously considering it,” she said Wednesday.

Bertani, who finished first when she ran in 2011 for the Fairfield City Council, said the election for the 3rd District county supervisor seat representing a large part of Fairfield and parts of Suisun City presents a great opportunity for new leadership.

Suisun City Mayor Pete Sanchez said in November that he would run for the county supervisor post if Spering decided not to seek re-election. Spering, 69, has announced he will seek re-election. He was mayor of Suisun City from 1986-2006 and first elected county supervisor in 2006.

He said Bertani phoned him before the holidays and asked to meet. At the Starbucks across from the Solano County Government Center in Fairfield, she spoke about running for supervisor, Spering said.

Spering said he appreciates the call from the councilwoman about her political plans but said he has endorsements from the other four members of the Fairfield City Council.

“That tells me something – that I’m doing something right in Fairfield,” said Spering. “I will certainly compare my record to hers or anybody in the county.”

Bertani said she was unaware of the endorsements by other council members.

“He’s worked with the council in various capacities for a long time,” she said of Spering.

The endorsement that matters is the one voters will make in the June 3 election, Bertani said.

“This race is going to come down to who wants it and who fights for it,” she said.

The county elections office said Fairfield resident Alvina Sheeley, who ran for the Fairfield-Suisun School District board of trustees in 2011 but did not win, has taken out forms to gather signatures in place of a filing fee to run for the county supervisor seat. But Sheely said in a voicemail that she will not run for county supervisor.

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Ryan McCarthy


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  • The MisterJanuary 16, 2014 - 6:25 am

    Out with the "good old boys". That includes Pol Pot Pete, too.

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  • Rich GiddensJanuary 16, 2014 - 10:47 am

    So we are to assume Mrs. Bertani deserves the promotion and pay hike. And Fairfield is a nice desirable place to live, work and raise a family---like Detroit is.

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  • FreedomaintfreeJanuary 16, 2014 - 6:32 am

    I can't believe Spering has "endorsements from the other four members of the Fairfield City Council." If that's the truth, then all four of those members should not be returned to office either.

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  • JazzAzzJanuary 16, 2014 - 8:04 am

    I am neither for or against, City Councilwoman Pam Bertani, although I did vote for her when she ran, since I felt that we needed new blood, but will her city council term be completed by then????? Just want to know, since I also voted for Barack, BOTH TIMES, even though he hadn't even completed a single full term as an Illinois Senator, and as much as I hate to say it, he is in over his head. I still really like the guy, seems like someone that I'd want to have a beer & brat with, but as the President I feel that he has been overwhelmed by the uncooperative nincompoops on the other side of the aisle, as my Wife said to me, he is too nice of a guy to push back. Anyway, before voting for any of these county supervisors, I want to hear where they stand on letting the air resources board bully Solano County around, despite our Suisun Breeze air is nowhere the same as the rest of the East Bay area. Tell us voters NOW, if you want our votes. Otherwise you won't get mine, and hopefully not many others!!!!!

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  • SteveJanuary 16, 2014 - 9:48 am

    Pam has never run into a campaigner like Spering. She has no clue what she is up against. Ask Karyn MacMillan? She is being pushed to run by SEIU members, but she'd be a sacrificial lamb. As a City Councilperson she has not accomplished a single one of her stated platforms. She will be viewed as an opportunist and Spering is the sharpest political mind in the area and NO ONE works harder than he does.. His record vs. hers would not turn out well for Pam. If she does her current job better, maybe someday? But running against Spering now would be very ugly for her. Possibly be a loss she could never overcome.

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  • LilJanuary 16, 2014 - 11:48 am

    I would back almost anybody that runs against Spering.

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  • ?January 16, 2014 - 1:09 pm

    See this.......Suisun Masonic Lodge #55 F&AM, Fairfield, CA. ... building in Suisun was sold and the current site at 412 Travis Blvd. Fairfield, ... Junior Warden Todd Bertani.......If this is the same Mr. Bertani, I do not see how you can be a Mason and a Pastor, because the Bible says we are not to swear Secret Oaths....

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  • SobreakitdownformeJanuary 16, 2014 - 7:50 pm

    My problem is I dont want to elect a career politician. I think at this point Spering should be let go, he's manage to get reelected over and over again despite voters high disapproval of all politicians. For someone whos been in our government this long, sure doesnt feel like he can get the work done and he cant move Fairfield in the right direction. My problem with Bertani is she just got elected to city council with goals she wanted to accomplish. Well you need to show us your a do'er and not just a say'er. Your not really mindful of our city or your constitutents or else you would have finished your office with some of your goals accomplish. Right now you have no merits, you have no accomplishments. You think you can run and get the seat because you were ahead of voting last time. For someone who voted for Bertani last round I will not vote for you. again because your true motive is to be a career politician. Its obvious you just want to climb that political career ladder. We need someone else to run, someone who is smart enough to understand the position quickly with the right motivations!

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