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Locals meet Montgomery

Julie Brown
Sierra Sun

Seth Lightcap/Sierra SunPlacer County Supervisor candidate Jennifer Montgomery addresses supporters at a meet and greet at the Brook Ave Grill in Kings Beach Friday.

Jennifer Montgomery is taking a personal approach to her campaign ” she wants to meet voters face to face.

North Tahoe residents filled the Brook Avenue Grill in Kings Beach last week to shake hands with Montgomery, who is in the running for Placer County’s fifth supervisorial election on June 3.

Some voters came to listen to what Montgomery had to say. Others came to show their support for the District 5 supervisor candidate.

“I’m ready to learn about her,” said Tahoe Vista resident Chris Close. “She comes highly recommended by a good friend of mine.”

Montgomery, a 20-year Donner Summit resident, said she’s had “phenomenal turnout” at campaign events across the district, which stretches from North Auburn to the Tahoe area.

“People just across the spectrum have just come out and listened to what I had to say,” she said.

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Her message is simple ” preserve, protect, restore and respect Placer County. She said she believes in preserving the county’s natural assets, protecting property rights, restoring transparency to the government process and respecting local communities.

“Development should have a place at the table,” Montgomery said. “But it shouldn’t be at the head of the table. It’s a round table, from my perspective.”

Montgomery’s campaign is very much grassroots, said Rob Haswell, her campaign manager. She has raised $50,000 for her campaign, a smaller budget than her opponents, but raised primarily from individual donors.

“The thing about Jennifer ” the more you meet her, the more you like her,” Haswell said.

Montgomery’s campaign strategy is to “meet as many people as possible,” Haswell said.

“She’s getting in front of people,” he said. “She’s getting around. Meeting as many people as we can.”

And judging by the warm reception and applause Montgomery received on Friday, her campaign strategy seems to be yielding results.

“[Montgomery] is a great gal,” said Tahoe Vista resident Rolf Lesem. “She’s very interested in what’s going on in the Tahoe area.”

Lesem said he came to the event to see who else supported Montgomery.

“Jennifer is just a healthy, good candidate,” said North Tahoe resident John Foster, chair of the Tahoe Truckee California Democratic Club. “I’m very happy to have her running.”

Foster said Montgomery’s “balanced approach to development” especially stood out.

“I’d like to see change,” said Tahoe City resident Ron Grassi. “And I think Jennifer is the change.”

North Tahoe resident, Theresa May Duggan, who hosted the event, said Montgomery, the only female candidate, is “absolutely straightforward, willing to listen, willing to learn.”

“Jennifer understands the community,” Duggan said. “She is one of us.”