Moreno & Brewer Sworn In
Jaclyn Moreno and Rod Brewer were sworn in as Cosumnes Community Services Directors to a large crowd on Wednesday December 5, 2018, at Elk Grove Park Pavilion.
Supporters packed the Pavilion to watch as Cosumnes CSD General Manager, Maureen Zamarripa presented certified election results and initiated the oath of office for Brewer and Moreno. Rod Brewer was re-elected with 32% of votes in the final count. This is his third term as Cosumnes CSD Director. Jaclyn Moreno, was elected to to the Cosumnes CSD Board of Director for the first time, collecting 35% of votes. Please note that these percentages differ from what was shown the day of the election because final results weren’t in yet. This is Moreno’s first time appointment as an elected official. Import to note, Moreno is is the only woman on the five-member board.
Jaclyn Moreno took the opportunity to address the crowd. She thanked her husband for his encouragement and the community who supported her. Moreno explained how the 2016 presidential election influenced her decision to run. She indicated that her frustration with the lack of women representation was the driver behind her decision to be the change and run for Cosumnes CSD Director.
She then addressed her daughters. “I’m nothing special. I questioned my abilities many times. But was humbled with the realization: my experiences are enough. As a mom, a business owner, an advocate. I have lived enough to understand the concerns of my community and do something about it. You will be enough. Your voice matters. You have the power to lead the change you want to be.”
Moreno outlined her goals in community equity. She cited equity in work relations, hiring practices, and access to services as areas of primary concern to her. Moreno described an “equity lens” as a place where growth and prosperity is fully inclusive.
Rod Brewer spoke about his excitement for his new term and the need to work together. “This is 25 years in the making.” Brewer reminisced about his journey. He recounts being a lost and ambitionless young man after losing his father to a car accident. While he endured many challenges, various mentors helped to guide him to where he is today. Brewer’s tale demonstrates the power of perseverance. In other words, you don’t need to know which way you’re going to get somewhere.
In a loving tribute, Brewer proceeded to dedicate his this term to his mother, sister and grandmothers who were “there for all the wins in life.” Furthermore, he told us all about Michael Ramirez. A drunk driver hit Ramirez while he was riding a bicycle. A young Brewer watched as his family fight the city for a park named in his memory. This injustice may have propelled Brewer’s political career. However, it is his commitment to the community that inspires his continued drive to serve as Cosumnes CSD Director.
Congratulations to Cosumnes Community Services District Board Directors Rod Brewer and Jaclyn Moreno! Thank you for serving our community. We look forward to seeing what the Cosumnes CSD Board does in 2019.