Election contests shape up
Voters will have their choice of numerous candidates in the Nov. 3 election, with challengers on the ballot for almost every office in local government agencies.
The Truckee-Donner Public Utility District has the largest number of candidates running, with incumbents Ron Hemig and Pat Sutton facing off against a slate of challengers, including Dan Cooley, Patrick McDonough, Jerry Bowes and Herb Gaarder.
Truckee Town Council incumbents Maia Schneider, Bob Drake and Don McCormack filed for re-election, and will face challenger Edgar Stratton.
At the Tahoe Forest Hospital District, challenger Lee Auckenthaler will run for one seat against incumbents John Falk, Rob Eskridge and Leonard Shaheen.
Truckee-Donner Recreation and Park District’s two seats are also contested, with H. Peter Werbel and Paul Klein running against incumbents Kevin McCall and Geoff Stephens.
Truckee Sanitary District incumbents Ron Sweet, Jerry Gilmore and Marjorie Adkerson will face challenges by Dorothy Wittmann and Michael Sullivan.
With three seats up for election, Truckee Fire Protection District incumbents K. Jerry Goulding, Gary Waters and Joseph Straub Jr. will run against challenger Ron Perea.
Elections filings for the Tahoe-Truckee Unified School District remained open through Wednesday, but by that afternoon only school board member John Wojcik had filed for Area 5 and newcomer Mel Cone had filed for Area 4, leaving vacant the Area 1 seat formerly occupied by Debra Darby. Changes in the school district divisions modified Area 4 to encompass North Star, Brockway and Sierra Meadows, while Area 5 will encompass West Shore, Tahoe City, Squaw Valley and Alpine.
Truckee-Tahoe Airport District will have no election, because the only two people to file were incumbents Don Bedard and Barbara Northrop.
The Area 6 Trustee seat for Sierra Nevada College is also up for election Nov. 3. Incumbent Nancy Palmer will run against James Hinman, Jack Conner and Marianne Slade-Troutman.
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