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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