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Pacheco kicks off campaign for District 1 supervisor

County Sheriff, District Attorney show up to support new challenger


Jim Pacheco, a retired Merced County Sheriff’s sergeant with a long history in local law enforcement efforts, kicked off his campaign for the District 1 seat on the Merced County Board of Supervisors last week during an event with supporters at Vista Ranch and Cellars on Highway 140.

Pacheco will be facing incumbent Supervisor Rodrigo Espinoza in the Primary Election set for March 5.

He told supporters that he grew up in the McSwain area, and was part of the Ag programs in the area before moving on to a career in law enforcement with the Merced County Sheriff’s Department for 37 years.

“I think the county needs to prioritize their resources so our law enforcement staff and liaisons can do their job safely and take care of families,” said Pacheco. “We also need to support our farmers. The ag industry is not only vital in District 1 but across Merced County as they give us tons of jobs and support our economy.”

Those in attendance at the event included Merced County Sheriff Vern Warnke and Merced County District Attorney Nicole Silveira.

“I can tell you in my personal life and my professional life, when I need someone there to support me, I can call Jim Pacheco and he will be there,” Silveira said. “And that is what we need in District 1. We need someone who is going to show up for the district, and show up for public safety for our farmers, and our businesses, and make a difference in Merced County. And that man is Jimmy.”

Said Warnke: “I can stand here flat-footed and tell you that he is a man of integrity, and we haven’t had that a lot with our politicians. … Nicole and I have an entire county, and we need to have supervisors that get together and also think about the entire county, and that it is not a position for them to just gain personally. … I have been in this law enforcement business a long time and it is constantly sickening to see some of our folks be there and promote themselves over the folks who put them in office.”

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