Election 2010: Key Truckee/Tahoe races still lack candidates | SierraSun.com

Election 2010: Key Truckee/Tahoe races still lack candidates

Greyson Howard and Jason ShuehSierra Sun

TRUCKEE/TAHOE, Calif. andamp;#8212; With three days until the end of filing, a number of local races are still in need of more candidates.And while no candidates have filed for the three Tahoe Truckee Unified School District three trustee positions andamp;#8212; areas 1, 4, and 5 andamp;#8212; one North Tahoe parent has expressed interest in a seat.According to the Placer County Elections Department, Tahoe resident Dianna Driller has been issued candidate filing paperwork for Trustee Bev Ducey’s Area 5 seat.Superintendent Steve Jennings said Driller is a parent at the North Tahoe school site and president of North Tahoe High School’s parent organization.Ducey has voiced previously she is still undecided whether or not she will run again; if Ducey decides not to, it means none of the three incumbents will return in 2011. Areas 1 and 4, held currently by Pat Gibbons-Johnson and Lisa Mohun, respectively, are in need of new representatives, as Mohun is relocating outside of her area and Gibbons-Johnson’s has already declared she will not run.Also, if Ducey does not file, the candidate filing period extends a week, per state law, because no incumbents have declared. Furthermore, should there still be openings after Aug. 13, Jennings said the board will then have to appoint the positions.

According to filings made by midday Tuesday, Gerald Herrick and James Herzman have declared intentions to run for the Truckee Fire Protection District Board. Also, incumbent Joseph Straub and challenger Victor Hernandez have filed, according to a list of filed candidates from the http://www.mynevadacounty.com, with Ben Malone and Gary Waters’ seats also open in November.In Truckee’s town council race, incumbent and current Vice Mayor Richard Anderson has filed, along with incumbent Mark Brown. Mayor Carolyn Wallace Dee’s seat is still open.Incumbents Roger Kahn, Ken Cutler and Lawrence Long have filed for three of the four seats on the Tahoe Forest Hospital District; incumbents Ron Hemig and Tony Laliotis have filed for their two seats on the Truckee Donner Public Utility District Board; Donner Summit Public Utility District incumbent Philip Gamick has filed for one of two seats; and incumbents Ron Sweet and Jerry Gilmore have filed for two of the three seats at the Truckee Sanitary District, according to Nevada County Elections.No one has filed for the four seats at the Truckee Donner Recreation andamp; Park District or the two seats at the Truckee Tahoe Airport District.At the North Tahoe Fire Protection District, two candidates have expressed interest, with Donald Hale, from Tahoe City, filing for the District 4 seat while Russell Potts has been issued paperwork for the District 2 position.With the North Tahoe Public Utility District, Phil Thompson has been issued filing paperwork, along with Susan Daniels, who will both compete for the district’s seat No. 3. Tahoe Vista resident Sherman Lewis has also been issued paperwork for seat No. 4.At the Tahoe City Public Utility District, Louis Reinkens, of Homewood, has been issued paperwork to keep his area 4 position, and current president and area 1 board member Daniel Wilkins, of Homewood, also will re-file.