Election 2010: TRPA spokesman Dennis Oliver enters race for Incline governing board trustee | SierraSun.com

Election 2010: TRPA spokesman Dennis Oliver enters race for Incline governing board trustee

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. and#8212; Dennis Oliver has entered the race for one of the two open seats on the Incline Village General Improvement District Board of Trustees.

Oliver, who works as a public information officer for the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency, filed at about noon on Friday. He has lived in Incline the past 12 months.

and#8220;I believe the general improvement district, its structure of government, is really the closest to the people,and#8221; Oliver said in a Friday phone interview. and#8220;Incline Village is entering a place where … many of its investments need rehabilitation.and#8221;

Oliver said his experience on the and#8220;public policy leveland#8221; will benefit district residents should he be elected.

and#8220;I am a supporter of all the current IVGID trustees … and IVGID staff. I think they and IVGID is headed in the right direction,and#8221; Oliver said.

Oliverand#8217;s work with TRPA makes him a spokesman regarding basin-wide projects, including ones submitted by IVGID. He said working for the bi-state agency and being an IVGID trustee would not present a conflict of interest, something with which he said TRPAand#8217;s legal staff and senior administration agree.

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and#8220;My job at TRPA is as a public information officer. I do not participate in project review and I am not a decision maker around project permitting,and#8221; Oliver said. and#8220;There has been occasional times where Iand#8217;ve spoken on TRPAand#8217;s behalf to the media regarding an IVGID project, but we can work around those few awkward situations.

and#8220;There is no direct conflict, and I have no financial interests.and#8221;

As of 12:30 p.m. Friday, five people had filed for the two open IVGID seats and#8212; Oliver, Bruce Simonian, Joe Wolfe, Samuel Crowell and incumbent Gene Brockman. The other incumbent, John Bohn, announced this week he will not run for a third consecutive term. The filing deadline is 5 p.m. Friday.