MADERA COUNTY – After a tough race and a hard-fought campaign, the votes have been counted and Madera County has a new district attorney.
Sally Moreno has won out over opponent Paul Hornick, earning 56.17 percent of the vote.
“This is a good day for Madera County,” Moreno told Sierra News Online this evening. “I am looking forward to working even harder in the office than I have on the campaign, and righting the ship to make sure Madera stays safe.”
Moreno says she will be listening to what everyone in the D.A.’s Office has to say about the best way to move forward, and that includes her opponent in this race – Madera County Senior Deputy District Attorney Paul Hornick.
“Amber and I wish to extend our sincerest thank you for all the help, support, and cheers that we have enjoyed over the past 10 months,” Hornick told Sierra News Online. “We know that we have been especially blessed to have so many great people in our corner. We will continue to watch with great interest as the remaining votes are counted and tallied. Based on the current results, however, it looks like Ms. Moreno will be our next district attorney. We congratulate her and wish her well.”
Sally Moreno graduated from San Joaquin Memorial High School in Fresno in 1985, then went on to earn a degree in history from UC Santa Barbara in 1990.
During her undergraduate years, she was involved in ROTC, and was commissioned an officer in the Army Military Police Corps in 1988. She is also a veteran, having been called up for service during Desert Storm.
After graduating UCSB, Moreno worked as a police officer for the Los Angeles Police Department, and was activated as an Army Reservist in 1991. By then, she had realized that her favorite part of law enforcement was the law itself, so she returned to the Valley and began attending San Joaquin School of Law, graduating in 1995. She began her career as a prosecutor in Merced in 1996, after taking time off to have her children, and came to the Madera County D.A.’s Office an experienced prosecutor in 2011.
Moreno was the Supervising Deputy District Attorney in Madera when she left to join the Fresno County District Attorney’s Office in July of 2015.
Having first moved to the Madera Ranchos in the late 1990s, Moreno says she fell in love with the community, and although she left to follow career goals, she returned several years ago and is raising her children there. She and husband Sergio have been married for 23 years and have four kids, ages 19, 16, 12 and 10.
Current District Attorney David Linn, who was elected in 2014, served just one term before being defeated in the June primary, garnering just 22 percent of the vote.