James Pacheco, District 1 Board of Supervisors candidate and a Merced County sheriff's sergeant, has been hospitalized in San Francisco after suffering from stomach pains, his family confirmed Wednesday.
His wife, Jeannette Pacheco, said he is in stable condition at the University of California, San Francisco medical center. She said he is being treated for an inflamed pancreas.
Jeannette Pacheco said the medical staff at UCSF has assured her his condition is treatable. "We expect him to be back walking precincts in a couple of weeks," she said.
She said that's what he was doing when he was stricken on Monday. He called to tell her he had developed severe stomach pains while walking precincts in Livingston.
Jeanette Pacheco said she was planning on taking him to an urgent care center, but when he arrived at her office in Merced, they decided to go the Mercy Medical Center emergency room.
After initially treating him there, the staff recommended he be sent to UCSF, she said. He was transferred to UCSF by helicopter Tuesday.
"We wanted to make sure he received the best treatment, and they have specialists here (UCSF) who deal with this kind of thing," Jeanette Pacheco said.
James Pacheco will face incumbent John Pedrozo in November for the District 1 seat.
During the June four-way election, Pedrozo garnered 48.3 percent of the vote, followed by Pacheco at 32.4 percent. Because no candidate received more than 50 percent of the vote, the top two -- Pedrozo and Pacheco -- face each other in a runoff.