STOCKTON — Kathy Miller says she deserves a second term as a San Joaquin County supervisor because she already has a wealth of experience in the job, achieved notable accomplishments in her first term and is a hard worker.
As she campaigns for re-election, Miller says there’s a lot she wants to do if the voters grant her a second term.
Topping Miller’s list are crime and homelessness, the latter an issue that prompted her to form a countywide task force to address the ballooning, complicated and multifaceted issue.
In a second term, Miller said she wants to continue her work on homelessness and encourage voters to approve in November a sales tax on newly legalized cannabis businesses in San Joaquin County. If approved, 50 percent of the new revenue would be set aside to benefit programs serving children, she said.
“That’s groundbreaking,” Miller said. “There’s a lot of counties looking at this to see if we can pull this off. If we can do it, it could be a game changer for our kids in this county.”
Miller is running against challengers Motecuzoma Sanchez and Steve Smith to represent District 2, which includes much of Stockton and is the most populous supervisorial district, with more than 141,000 residents.
If a candidate receives more than 50 percent of the vote on June 5, that candidate will be elected. If no one gets a majority June 5, the top two finishers will meet again in the Nov. 6 general election.
Miller, 62, entered politics later in life.
A Southern California native, Miller moved to Stockton as an adult when her husband was hired for a job in banking, and she has remained here ever since.
Miller ran an interior-design business, and when the Downtown Stockton Alliance was seeking a new executive director in 2003, she applied and was hired.
In 2007, with a seat coming open on the Stockton City Council, a good government group she was in approached her and asked, “Well, what about you?”
She edged opponent Michael Merriweather in the 2008 election, served 1½ terms on the council, then was elected to the Board of Supervisors in 2014.
On major issues, Miller is anti-Twin Tunnels; supports the concept of the city of Stockton’s Swenson Park becoming part a new park district that would preserve it; and supports the re-election of Sheriff Steve Moore over challenger Pat Withrow.
“Overall, I do think (Moore) has done a good job on behalf of the citizens here in San Joaquin County,” Miller said. “He’s the best person for that particular job.”
Miller, however, recently voted to relieve the Sheriff of his coroner role and to place those duties in the hands of a newly established Medical Examiner’s Office.
She also has expressed concern over walk-offs by inmates from the county’s Honor Farm, problems in the evidence room at the Sheriff’s Office and allegations of deputies mistreating jail inmates.
“All of those things are definitely troublesome,” Miller said.
If she is elected to a second term, Miller said, homelessness will remain a major focus.
“We need more permanent housing and more types of permanent housing,” she said. “We need increased levels of rental assistance programs. It’s far cheaper to keep them from losing their housing than to get them back into housing afterward.”
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