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Not much competition for some elections

Christine Stanley
Sierra Sun

The deadline for candidate filing for November’s general election a day away, both the Truckee Donner Public Utility District and the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District, two local boards dealing with hot-button issues, look as if they will have seats with little contention.

Two positions on the Truckee Donner Public Utility District’s board are up for grabs, and even though papers have been pulled for the seats no new names have been filed with Nevada County’s Election Office.

Incumbents Ron Hemig, the board’s president, and director Pat Sutton both say that they will run again to secure their positions, but Sutton has yet to file papers.

The election comes during a time of big projects and votes for the utility district, with debate swirling around such issues as a proposed $24 million broadband network, a $27 million pipeline replacement project and multiple rate increases on water and electricity.

Hemig and Sutton have traditionally voted in opposition of one another, particularly when it comes to issues of finance where Sutton is conservative and Hemig leans in favor of the district’s financial and infrastructure development, pushing a large number of issues to a 3-2 vote.

As such, Hemig’s spot is poised as the board’s swing vote and his replacement could potentially change the direction of future district moves.

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Three school board members are up for re-election, but only one incumbent will run to retain a seat come November.

Pat Gibbons-Johnson and Mel Cone will step down from their positions as board directors, but director Bev Ducey, who was appointed to replace former board member Cindy Gustafson last September, has filed her candidacy application.

Truckee residents Bill Kraus, Anne Butterworth and Vince Deveney have filed the appropriate paperwork to run for the board.

Big issues coming before the board in the coming months will include the approval of the district’s five-year strategic plan, facilities plan and technology plan, teacher contract negotiations and future programming needs.

Interested in running for the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District board of directors? You must live within the area you represent in these seats up for election:

– Area 1: Serves the majority of Truckee, including Tahoe Donner

– Area 4: Serves the area from Northstar to Olympic Heights.

– Area 5: Serves the area from Squaw Valley to Tahoe City.

Candidate filing for the Nov. 7 general election closes Friday, Aug. 11. Should incumbents fail to file by Aug. 11, the filing period for that office will be extended to Aug. 16 for outside applicants.