FAIRFIELD — Michael Oman is joining a Solano County 3rd District supervisors race that already has incumbent Jim Spering and Fairfield City Councilwoman Pam Bertani.
Oman said he is a commercial real estate broker and developer. He grew up in Fairfield, then lived in such places as Washington and Southern California before returning in 2007.
The 3rd District includes most of Fairfield and Suisun City. The seat is on the June ballot, with a run-off in November if no candidate gets a majority of the June vote.
Oman is getting into a race against two candidates with local political experience. Spering served as Suisun City mayor from 1986 until 2006 and Solano County supervisor since then. Bertani was elected to the Fairfield City Council in 2011 after serving two years as an appointee to the city Community Resources Commission.
But, though Oman hasn’t run for office before, he didn’t seem daunted Tuesday when talking about the prospect.
“If we want things the same way, then we stay the same way,” Oman said. “I turn that on its head. I believe that one day, if I was in office for years and years, there would come along another fresh mind and I would applaud that. It’s not about me, it’s not about Jim, it’s about what’s best for Solano County.”
He comes with a range of ideas. Among other things, he would like to see state bullet train money redirected to bringing Bay Area Rapid Transit service to the Solano County fairgrounds in Vallejo, which could then be redeveloped as a biotech center. He has written a letter to Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom explaining the proposal.
He also sees potential for Solano Town Center mall to have a third floor that could be used as a location for assisted living. The mall could donate the air space, since it would see benefits from the new residents shopping there. Developers would structurally reinforce the mall so it could handle another floor, Oman said.
“Air space development is done in high-density population centers,” Oman said. “It’s done in Hong Kong. It’s done in New York.”
Spering on Tuesday said he doesn’t know Oman, but he’s heard that the 3rd District race will probably have three to four candidates.
“It means the top two vote-getters are probably going to be running in November,” Spering said.
Go to www.omanplan.com to learn more about Oman’s candidacy.
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