North Tahoe candidate forum draws a crowd of candidates and voters
About 70 people attended an election forum Wednesday night at Kings Beach conference center to hear many candidates speak about the issues and tout their platforms.
Candidates who attended included U.S. House of Representatives candidate Charlie Brown; Placer County supervisor candidate Jennifer Montgomery; Placer County Board of Education candidates Pam Robie Hart and Don Brophy; Sierra Community College Trustee candidates Elaine Rowan and John Vodonick; Tahoe Truckee Unified School District candidates Monty Folsom, Kirsten Livak, Lisa Mohun and Nancy Gisko; Truckee Tahoe Airport board candidates Connie Stevens, Mary Hetherington, Tom Van Berkem, and Kathleen Eagan; Tahoe City Public Utility District candidates Merrill Milner, Christine Morrow, Wendy Wood, Judy Friedman, and Guy Perman; North Tahoe Public Utility District candidates Frank Mooney and Phil Thompson; and North Tahoe Fire Protection District candidates Tom Pandola.
Heidi Bushway Verkler, Lake Tahoe Elementary School Teacher: “I would like to change the school board. I would like have it be a more collaborative community environment. Tonight clarified my beliefs and how I think I will vote Nov. 4.”
John Chapman, Carnelian Bay resident: “I was interested in how this building ( Kings Beach conference center) is used what these kind of meetings are like.”
Joe Nichols, Carnelian Bay Resident: “I came out tonight to see the candidates. I wanted to listen to them and be an informed voter.”
Shirley Hale, Tahoe City: “I was very interested in the Tahoe City PUD candidates and wanted to learn more.”
Nancy Bervid, Kings Beach: “I wanted to be more informed and hear how the candidates compared. I thought they did really well.”
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