The candidates in the race for San Joaquin County Supervisors District 2 are an interesting mix of an established politician, an outsider and someone looking to move up the political ladder.

They are incumbent Kathy Miller, who will be seeking a second and final term to the Board of Supervisors; Motec Patrick Sanchez, a professor; and businessman/school trustee Steve Smith.

In a repeat of an endorsement from four years ago, experience counts, making Kathy Miller The Record’s choice in this campaign.

She has taken the lead on the board on homelessness and, like others, has opposed the California Water Fix, although noting: You can’t just stop the tunnels, but have to come up with alternatives.

And although, as Miller said during an interview with The Record’s Editorial Board, she is the most experienced of the candidates in the race, we also require elected officials to be proactive and effective.

If elected, Miller must continue to push for regional cooperation and solutions to homelessness in the county. This is not a problem unique to this area, yet significant steps need to be taken to mitigate this pressing issue.

Advocating for protection of the Delta is another key area. The California Water Fix continues to gain momentum and local voices need to be firm and consistent in protecting the estuary.

That’s not a call for obstructionists but for creative critical thinking and solutions.

Of San Joaquin County Sheriff Steve Moore and the controversy involving him and forensic pathologists Susan Parson and Bennet Omalu, Miller said: “Overall, I think he (Moore) has done a good job of building public trust. The situation with the coroner’s office was unfortunate.”

She added, “There was no purposeful lack of attention or malfeasance” on Moore’s part.

Sanchez remains an intriguing candidate for political office. He has passion for causes and is informed on the issues. “I am passionately engaged with the community,” he said.

He is, however, known for his activism and actions outside of the political mainstream, whether it be disruptions at various city meetings or his postings on social media. He has campaigned for political office on several occasions, including mayor, San Joaquin Delta College trustee and now supervisor.

“People in the community know me,” he said. Miller “is going to be the favorite of the establishment, of the status quo. I am running to show you do not need to have the blessing of the establishment.”

He said he can build bridges to the working community and help address issues of crime by working with the county sheriff.

But “I really believe it’s time for a new sheriff,” Sanchez said. “I say that as someone who has supported him in the past. To really move our city and our county, I fully believe we need a new sheriff who (will) take us in a better direction.”

Smith is in his final term on the Stockton Unified School District board of trustees.

“I’ve done the education part,” he said. “The Board of Supervisors has the ability to create jobs.”

He described himself as a problem solver who gets things done the right way.

Although able to identify the issues, he lacked specifics on how to address many of them.

He did say that actions such as tax incentives and employment incentives would help lure businesses to the county.

He also said that his only impressions of Moore were from his dealing with him through SUSD. “I respect him. There sounds like there are some things that need to be changed,” Smith said.

Although we do not agree with her on all of the issues, in our view, Miller is the best candidate to represent District 2 on the San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors.