Sarah Aquino is an independent thinker who does her homework, asks questions, and isn’t afraid to go against the status quo.
Sarah was elected to the Folsom City Council in November 2018 and was chosen by her colleagues to serve as Vice Mayor in 2019, Mayor in 2020, and Vice Mayor in 2021.
As Mayor, Sarah held weekly office hours at City Hall and monthly mobile office hours in the community. During the pandemic, she led outreach efforts to seniors and businesses and convened a weekly conference call with representatives from other agencies and organizations in order to increase communication and share resources.
Prior to her election to the council, Sarah served four years as a member of the Board of Education for the Folsom Cordova Unified School District where she was a consistent and vocal defender of taxpayer dollars. She voted against adding non-essential positions such as a videographer, insisted that money be set aside to reduce the unfunded liability of the district’s post-retirement health benefits, and authored policy changes that increased the authority of the district’s bond oversight committees.
Sarah is the city’s representative to the Association of California Cities Allied with Public Safety, the Folsom Tourism and Economic Development Corporation, and the Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District. She also chairs the Citizens’ Advisory Committee for Folsom State Prison and California State Prison, Sacramento.
Sarah is a past Chair of the Board of Directors of the Folsom Chamber of Commerce, former Library Commissioner for the City of Folsom, three-time PTA President at Russell Ranch Elementary, and former board member of the Folsom Cordova Education Foundation.
Sarah grew up in Fair Oaks, attended public schools in the San Juan district, and graduated from California State University, Sacramento. She is a licensed life and health insurance agent and also works part-time at a local restaurant.
Sarah’s husband, John, is a physical education and adapted physical education teacher in the San Juan district. They have been married 23 years and have two children in college.