Letter to the Editor: Vote for Coolidge for NTPUD board
October 23, 2014
I would like to thank the local agencies and our local newspapers for hosting an informative Candidate's Forum on October 14 in Tahoe City.
Thank you for giving voters an opportunity to get to know our candidates and issues for the upcoming election.
I'd like to clarify one issue, brought up by NTPUD Incumbent Sue Daniels. When asked about the possibility of changing to an at-large election process for North Tahoe's PUD Board, Ms. Daniels stated that changing to at-large elections would be a costly process that requires a legislative act. This isn't true.
On the contrary, according to the California Public Utilities Code, Section 15951-15976, changing to an at-large election process would be relatively simple — the board simply needs to adopt the change.
Tahoe City PUD did exactly this last year, and now the TCPUD board has 2 seats open and 5 candidates vying for election.
Changing to an at-large election process would require all incumbents to stand for election and inform the voters of his or her views and commitment.
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When we have at-large elections, the candidates with the highest number of overall votes will be elected to serve this community.
It has been the history of this current NTPUD board, and Sue Daniels, to vote against at-large elections. If you think that at-large elections make sense for North Tahoe, vote for Sarah Coolidge, who has pledged to work for that change!
I'm supporting Sarah Coolidge and her pledge to deliver open elections for NTPUD. I hope you will too.
Theresa May Duggan