Solano County

Meet the Candidate: 3rd District Board of Supervisors: Michael Oman

By From page A6 | May 18, 2014

FAIRFIELD — Solano County’s 3rd District is centered on Fairfield and Suisun City, covering much of those two cities, but also extending across rural Suisun Valley and into parts of lower Green Valley.

Four people want to serve the citizens of the district on the Solano County Board of Supervisors. They are competing in the June 3 election, with a November runoff possible if no candidate can get at least half of the votes.

Incumbent Jim Spering is being challenged by Fairfield City Councilwoman Pam Bertani, Michael Oman and Steven Lowe. Issues during the campaign have ranged from economic development to crime to redeveloping the Solano County fairgrounds.

Michael Oman comes to the Board of Supervisors race with what he calls his Oman Plan 2014.

That plan includes such things as trying to bring Amazon, eBay and other distributors to Solano County, having the Solano Irrigation District provide water to more farmland, adding assisted living residences to the roof of Solano Town Center mall and creating an “eco-agricultural bike path” covering 10 miles in Suisun Valley.

A proposal that Oman stresses is to bring Bay Area Rapid Transit to the Solano County fairgrounds in Vallejo and redevelop the fairgrounds into a biotechnology campus.

“Job growth is the fundamental issue,” Oman said.

He is the first to admit that not all of the Oman Plan will become reality, Oman said.

“Nothing is ever guaranteed,” Oman said. “But if elected, I promise to work hard to make sure that these ideas and others to come will be vigorously promoted to come to fruition.”

Oman grew up in Fairfield. His grandfather served for the Fairfield Police Department and Solano County Sheriff’s Office.

But Oman left the area to go to a prep school in Canada. He lived in Seattle and in Riverside County before returning to Solano County in 2007.

“I have the traditional story of wanting to go out and see the world and realizing I lived in the most beautiful place there is,” Oman said.

His work history includes doing commercial real estate transactions for the firm CB Richard Ellis. He said he’s owned commercial real estate development businesses in Washington and California.

Oman is a newcomer to local politics, running against an incumbent who first got elected to a local office in 1986. But Oman sees this as a point in his favor.

“I think there’s room for new experience,” Oman said. “If we want the same thing, then we stay the same way.”

Reach Barry Eberling at 427-6929 or [email protected] Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/beberlingdr.

Michael Oman

  • Age: 52
  • Occupation: Retired from commercial real estate
  • Education: Bachelor’s degree in business administration, University of Washington
  • Family: Single
  • Most admired person: Tie among Henry Kissinger, Abraham Lincoln and Margaret Thatcher
  • Favorite book: Bible
  • Interesting fact about self: Attended law school, but decided this wasn’t his true calling and instead has enjoyed what he called the creativity of commercial real estate.
Barry Eberling

Barry Eberling

Barry Eberling has been a reporter with the Daily Republic since 1987. He covers Solano County government, transportation, growth and the environment. He received his bachelors of art degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara and his masters degree in journalism from the University of California, Berkeley.

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