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Election 2010: Click here for California, Nevada and Placer county primary results

Greyson Howard
and Jason Shueh
Sierra Sun

TAHOE/TRUCKEE and#8212; The polls are closed, and results are flowing in for various California state races.

The down economy has put more interest on seats like the county’s assessors, who value property for the tax roll, and the treasurer-tax collector, who collects taxes for the county.

Below are the local races that affect Sierra Sun readers. For results, use the following guide:



Nevada County: http://www.mynevadacounty.com/elections/

Placer County: http://www.placerelections.com/



State of California: http://www.vote.sos.ca.gov/

Assessor and#8212; Duties: Assesses the value of property so taxes can be determined.

Rolf Kleinhans: Kleinhans has worked for 25 years as the vice president of asset management and development in the real estate division of Prudential Insurance, and has lived in Nevada County for 15 years.

Sue Horne: Horne is a former Nevada County Supervisor, serving from 2001 to 2008. She said she plans to replace the assessor’s computer software to improve efficiency in the office.

Clerk-Recorder and#8212; Duties: Records legal documents for births, deaths and marriages, records documents involving business openings, real estate and the sales thereof; register voters and candidates, puts on elections.

Gregory Diaz: Diaz was appointed to his office in 2007 after Kathleen Smith stepped down when The Sierra Sun’s sister paper, The Union, revealed she was moonlighting as the city clerk of Rio Vista. He is the former Clerk-Recorder of San Francisco.

Barry Pruett: Pruett, who is an attorney, lives with his wife, Kim, and their two daughters in Alta Sierra. He was the attorney for AtPac, the company behind the county’s previous recorder system, which filed suit against the county for allegedly exposing trade secrets.

Auditor-Controller and#8212; Duties: Chief accounting officer of the county, responsible for budget, payroll, property tax bills.

Marcia L. Salter, unopposed: Salter was appointed by the board of supervisors to the post in 2005, then elected to it in 2006.

District Attorney and#8212; Duties: Public prosecutor in criminal cases, defends the people in civil cases, advises the county civil grand jury.

Clifford H. Newell, unopposed: Newell won his first term to the DA’s Office in the 2006 primary against two other candidates, earning more than 50 percent of the vote.

Sheriff-Coroner and#8212; Duties: Preserve the county’s peace and arrest those who commit crimes, run the jail and run the coroner’s office.

Keith W. Royal, unopposed: This would be Royal’s fourth term in office.

Superintendent of Schools and#8212; Duties: Financial oversight of the county’s school districts.

Holly A. Hermansen, unopposed: The appointed incumbent was selected by the Board of Supervisors to replace former superintendent Terry McAteer, who resigned in May 2007.

Treasurer/Tax Collector and#8212; Duties: Bill and collect taxes, keep county’s money safe and pay debts, invest county funds.

Dai Meagher: The Bay Area native has lived in the Grass Valley area for seven years. He runs his CPA office out of his home. Meagher is a graduate of the University of Southern California, and he also owns an accounting systems installation business.

Richard Nolle: Nolle’s last two positions of his 35-year business career were executive management positions in high tech companies as Global Vice-president for sales at ONI, Inc. and Vice-president of Global Operations for Savvion, Inc.

Darlene Woo: Woo is the finance officer for the Nevada County Probation Department and a former executive vice president at Bank of America headquarters in San Francisco. She started in the accounting division of the Department of Social Services and shifted to the Probation Department more than three years ago.

Tina Vernon: The analyst said she has spent 10 years in Nevada County government, the last six in the executive office working on administrative and financial matters.

Superior Court Judge and#8212; Duties: A judge of general jurisdiction that hears both civil and criminal cases that are not specifically designated to be heard by another court.

Larry D. Gaddis: At age 60 Gaddis has served as a Placer County Judge for over 20 years and has also served as the county’s Chief Deputy District Attorney.

Robert L. Litchfield, Jr.: A graduate of West Point, Litchfield also holds a law degree from McGeorge School of Law where he graduated second in his class. He is also a member of the prestigious Order of the Coif legal honor society.

Assessor and#8212; Duties: Assesses the value of property so taxes can be determined.

Kristen B. Spears, unopposed: The board of supervisors appointed Spears to Placer County Assessor position in November of 2008 after former assessor Bruce Dear decided to resign, Spears has served as the assistant assessor since July 2004.

Clerk-Recorder and#8212; Duties: Records legal documents for births, deaths and marriages, records documents involving business openings, real estate and the sales thereof; register voters and candidates, puts on elections.

Jim McCauley, unopposed: McCauley has been serving as the Placer County clerk-recorder since 1993 and is responsible for the e-recording bill passed by the state legislature in 2004. McCauley said the bill saves the state millions annually in recording costs.

Auditor-Controller and#8212; Duties: Chief accounting officer of the county, responsible for budget, payroll, property tax bills.

Katherine Jean Martinis: Serving from 2001-present and as the Alameda County budget coordinator/budget analyst from 1998-2001, Martinis, age 58, has a total of 23 years working in government accounting and auditing.

Casey Tanner: At age 27, Tanner is a certified public accountant with a master’s degree in accounting from Marriott School of Management who’s worked as a controller for a private institution.

District Attorney and#8212; Duties: Public prosecutor in criminal cases, defends the people in civil cases, advises the county civil grand jury.

Ronald Scott Owens, unopposed: Owens has served in the Placer County District Attorney’s Office from 1990-present and hold a law degree and bachelor’s in criminal justice.

Sheriff-Coroner and#8212; Duties: Preserve the county’s peace and arrest those who commit crimes, run the jail and run the coroner’s office.

Edward N. Bonner, unopposed: Sheriff Edward N. Bonner began his law enforcement career with the Placer County Sheriff’s Department in 1974 and has been the Placer County Sheriff since he was elected in 1994.

Superintendent of Schools and#8212; Duties: Financial oversight of the county’s school districts.

Gayle Garbolino-Mojica, unopposed: Garbolino-Mojica has served as the county’s superintendent for four years. Some of her past experiences include being a principal at Colfax Elementary School and serving on the Colfax Elementary School District Governing Board as District Superintendent.

Treasurer/Tax Collector and#8212; Duties: Bill and collect taxes, keep county’s money safe and pay debts, invest county funds.

Jenine Windeshausen, unopposed: Windeshausen the current county treasurer and tax collector has been known this year for spearheading a countywide program called mPOWER (Money for Property Owner Water and Energy Efficiency Retrofitting) that would allow homeowners the ability to take out loans to retrofit their homes with environmentally friendly upgrades.


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