Election 2010: Truckee incumbents looking forward to re-election campaigns
TRUCKEE, Calif. and#8212; It’s an election year once again, and local incumbents are beginning to contemplate another four years of service.
It will be an important period for council, board and commission members throughout the region, as local governments grapple with the national economy and state budget and how both will affect local services. Not only are revenues down for many local agencies, but California’s fiscal crisis has officials constantly worried about state raids on local coffers.
and#8220;It’s a wonderful way to give back to the community,and#8221; said Truckee Town Council Member Richard Anderson, who will be up for reelection in November, when asked why it benefits to be a local politician. and#8220;If someone wants to change how the government operates, this is the perfect opportunity.and#8221;
Below are two of the area’s government agencies with seats up for election in November, and the incumbents’ thoughts on running again. Check future editions of the Sierra Sun and online at http://www.sierrasun.com for other districts and more elections information throughout the year.
Three seats are up on the five-seat town council; those of Richard Anderson, Mark Brown and current mayor Carolyn Wallace Dee.
The town faces declining finances that need to be balanced with public services, said incumbent Mark Brown, as well as future growth and development issues,
and#8220;I’m definitely leaning toward running again,and#8221; Brown said. and#8220;I’ve learned a lot and been able to help the town as well.and#8221;
He said the biggest issue he sees in the next term is maintaining the town’s level of service in the face of budget constraints.
and#8220;I want government that’s fair to all and professional in its efficiency and effectiveness,and#8221; said incumbent Richard Anderson. and#8220;It’s not enough to have an attractive community that achieves environmental objectives and#8212; the Town also needs to serve well the people who live, work, and visit here.and#8221;
He said the next town council will need to tackle important land-use issues like the revised development code, developments like Planned Communities one and three, and the redevelopment of the downtown core.
Wallace Dee could not be reached for comment by press time Thursday.
With the recent death of board member Pat Sutton, the Truckee Donner Public Utility District will soon have to decide how to fill the position until the November election.
Steven Poncelet, the district’s public information and conservation manager, said the board will have three choices: To appoint someone to the position, to call for a general election, or to wait 60 days for the Nevada County Board of Supervisors to pick someone. Then that seat would be back for election in November.
Ron Hemig, the other incumbent up for reelection, said he hasn’t decided to run again yet, but is leaning toward another four years.
and#8220;I can bring experience to the board, and I want to make sure we have a nice continuity,and#8221; said Hemig, adding that utility rates will be important in the next term. and#8220;Next year we will be looking at electricity and if we need a rate increase and#8212; I don’t want one and#8212; I’ll work hard on that.and#8221;