Over the last 14 months, I have been meeting with the people of Madera County and I want to take this opportunity to say a special thank you to everyone who has so graciously welcomed me into their homes or taken time to speak with me at community events. Whether it was a warm cup of coffee in January, or lately a cold drink, or just a stimulating conversation, I can’t tell you how much I have appreciated everyone’s hospitality and especially your thoughts and opinions.
For those I may have missed, I am hopeful you found our mailers and other information helpful as you make your decision who will be Madera’s next District Attorney.
I was born and raised in this area. I spent my summers camping in and enjoying these mountains. After graduating from high school I attended University of California at Santa Barbara and entered the ROTC program. Upon graduation I became a United States Army Reservist and I entered the police academy. I served as a police officer in the South Central Division in Los Angeles, specifically in Watts in 1990-1992.
I was activated in support of Desert Storm. I went where the Army sent me and at that time Military police was the closest women could get to combat. I ran a Military Police detachment as a Lieutenant and did port security all up and down the west coast and in the Gulf of Mexico. After Desert Storm, I served as a company commander, responsible for the lives of three platoons of soldiers, and finished my service as a Major. I am very proud of my military service and as all veterans know we perform as one complete unit to achieve success.
When I left the Los Angeles Police Department in South Central, I knew I wanted to continue to serve my community but beyond my service as a police officer, I was moving forward. I chose to go to law school to be a prosecutor. I attended San Joaquin College of Law and became a prosecuting attorney. That was well over 20 years ago.
I did take some time off to raise a family and I’m proud of that decision but my passion to “protect and serve” brought me back to being a prosecutor. My many years of experience and diversity from the types of complex criminal cases have given me the experience and skills beyond my competitors for District Attorney.
I will bring a fresh approach to the District Attorney’s office. It’s important that law enforcement work together with the DA’s office. That’s how we build good cases. Without the ability to cooperate with law enforcement a district attorney is compromised in his/her ability to do the job effectively.
One of the things I love about Madera County is the quality of the law enforcement. I am honored to have the support of the vast majority of Madera County Law Enforcement including Sheriff Jay Varney, the Madera Deputy Sheriff’s Association, the Madera Probation Officers Association former Sheriffs John Anderson and Ed Bates, Mariposa Sheriff Doug Binnewies.
In addition, some statewide organizations including Cal-Fire Local 2881, PORAC (a statewide association of Law enforcement officers); the Fish and Game Management Association have endorsed me because of my record of bringing people together for real results. I believe Madera County is one of the best places to live and raise a family. I want to keep it that way.
Again, I want to thank everyone who has welcomed me over the last year. I encourage all voters of Madera to vote on Tuesday, June 5th. The position of District Attorney is very important because the District Attorney is one of the top law enforcement officials in the county and makes decisions regarding prosecutions, directly affecting the safety of Madera County. It’s important that the person making those decisions performs with integrity and acts ethically to protect Madera families.
Thank you and I would appreciate your vote.
Sally Orme Moreno, Candidate
For District Attorney of Madera County