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Competition develops for upcoming local elections

Jenny Goldsmith
Sierra Sun

There are less than two weeks left for candidates to file for public positions in the local races, but the competition is starting to unfold for the nearly 40 government seats up for election.

Three seats are open on the Tahoe City Public Utility District board, with only two members running for re-election.

Current board president Kelly Atchley announced she would not vie for her position in November, and already four candidates have pulled papers, but have yet to officially file for the race, according to the Placer County registrar.

Likewise, Board President Tim Taylor of the Truckee Donner Public Utility District said he will not run for his seat in the fall, but incumbents Joe Aguera and William Thomason have announced they will seek re-election to the board.

Frequent meeting attendee Dan Warren has pulled papers for the Truckee utility race, but has yet to file, according to the registrar.

Truckee Town Council incumbents Barbara Green and Josh Susman have both pulled papers for re-election, and will compete against Glenshire resident Jamie Brimer who has already thrown his hat into the Town Council ring.

“I’m concerned about the impacts of a slowing economy and how that will affect town services and capital improvements,” Brimer said in a released statement. “I think I have something of value to offer Truckee residents and business owners, and can serve the community in a thoughtful and respectful way.”

Brimer is a plumber and 11-year Truckee resident. He is also a member of the Truckee Rotary Club, publisher of the Truckee Tahoe Times and has been involved with the Contractors Association of Truckee Tahoe for over eight years, he said in the release.

Six other community members have pulled papers for the council, but their petitions for nomination have yet to be returned, said Town clerk Judy Price.

Incumbents Nancy Gisko, Monty Folsom and Kristy Olk will seek re-election to the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District Board of Trustees, and members of the teachers union are determined to recruit candidates who will strive to change the current climate of the board, said Ed Hilton, chair of the union’s Political Action Committee.

There isn’t one specific board member the committee is attempting to replace, but in a past interview with the Sun, Hilton said “no school board member has really spoken out in support of the teachers.”

The Tahoe Truckee Education Association activated the Political Action Committee for the first time in two years to rally and support candidates who advocate “positive communication and collaboration with the teachers,” Hilton said.

Kathleen Eagan, Mary Hetherington and Tom Van Berkem have announced their intentions to run for the Truckee Tahoe Airport District Board.

Eagan and Hetherington already sit on the five-member board, and Van Berkem ” chair of the Airport Community Advisory Team ” will vie for current board member Paul Vatistas soon-to-be vacated seat.

The filing period for candidates opened July 14 and lasts through August 8, but if an incumbent fails to file by August 8, the period for that office will be extended through August 13, said Gregory Diaz, Nevada County Clerk-Recorder.

The elections will take place on November 4, and both Nevada and Placer County elections offices said they are expecting a high voter turnout.