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Election 2010: Morrison, Jones flying high as newest airport directors

Jason Shueh
Sierra Sun

Sun File PhotosKatie Morrison, left, and John Jones are the new Truckee Tahoe Airport District directors.

TRUCKEE, Calif. and#8212; Soaring on a combined platform of open space conservation, pilot education and recreational opportunities, Katie Morrison and John Jones took the win this week to take two seats on the Truckee Tahoe Airport District board of directors.

and#8220;I think John and I got the most votes because of what we believed in. Our main issues were education to pilots, noise reduction, recreational opportunities and preserving open space,and#8221; Morrison said Wednesday.

Morrison said while she was obviously pleased with voter results, she thought the process allowed for an intelligent discussion of issues facing the airport district in the coming years.

and#8220;I think we have a good democratic process,and#8221; she said.

Jones said he and Morrison are eager to begin their work at the district.

and#8220;Katie and I are ecstatic that we were able to produce the voter turnout to us that we did, and weand#8217;re looking forward to participating with a very capable airport board and staff,and#8221; Jones said.

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At the end of voter tallies Tuesday, Morrison topped the voter charts in both Placer (26.8 percent of votes) and Nevada counties (29.55), with Jones second in both races (22.9 percent in Placer; 22.72 percent in Nevada).

Ernest Alioto, a long-time resident who lives in Floriston, was the runner-up in both Placer and Nevada County, at 19.27 percent and 16 percent, respectively.

Desmond Elder finished fourth in both counties, while David Vaille beat out Bob Cohune for last in Nevada County, with Cohune besting Vaille for last in Placer.

Morrison said she believed she and Jones won votes not because of how vocal they were to spread their message, but because of the message itself.

and#8220;It had to be what we stand for,and#8221; Morrison said.

Eyeing duties ahead, Jones said he will commit his best efforts and objectivity to the job, and Morrison agreed.

and#8220;I want to keep the airport doing what itand#8217;s doing,and#8221; Morrison said. and#8220;They have great staff in there and Iand#8217;m pretty jazzed and so excited.and#8221;