After cash infusion, fierce campaign, Placer Supervisor race goes to voters
After nearly $400,000 in campaign cash, controversial mailers and impassioned support on both sides, the Placer County Supervisor Fifth District seat campaign is over and the decision is in the hands of voters.
Jennifer Montgomery, a Donner Summit business owner, is challenging incumbent Bruce Kranz for the seat ” which encompasses North Tahoe, the Martis Valley, Donner Summit, Meadow Vista and North Auburn.
As of the end of September nearly $400,000 had been pumped into the supervisor candidates’ campaigns “-Kranz collecting $231,501 and Montgomery coming in at $166,090.
Montgomery and Kranz secured a spot on the November ballot by beating out challenger Bob Houston in the June primary. Montgomery captured just over 40 percent of the vote and Kranz took 38 percent in the election which feature very low voter turnout. Houston, a lobbyist, collected only 22 percent of the vote and endorsed Jennifer Montgomery after losing.
Montgomery campaign manager Rob Haswell said Tuesday afternoon he was expecting a close race, and that the early absentee ballot count should be a very good indicator of how the election will break.
Montgomery, a small business owner from Donner Summit, ran on a platform of preserving land from overdevelopment and increased representation for district residents.
Kranz has focused heavily on the issue of forest thinning and wildfire prevention during his stint as supervisor, but was also a backer of the preservation of Waddle Ranch in the Martis Valley.
But in North Tahoe, the controversial Kings Beach Commercial Core project “-a downtown highway plan that would either narrow the highway lanes to three and add roundabouts or have five lanes a stoplights ” has made up some voters’ minds on the supervisor race. Kranz supported the five-lane project with stoplights ” an alternative that was rejected by the board of supervisors.
“I think that Kings Beach will support Jennifer Montgomery,” said Theresa May Duggan, a Kings Beach resident and Montgomery supporter. “The wind is blowing in the right direction.”
Others, while exiting the polls, said Kranz had their support.
“I’m voting for Kranz,” said Wendy Rolfe-Cook. “He has incredibly strong moral fiber and I believe he’s an honest human being who has strong judgment.”