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Opinions vary as Truckee voters head to polls

Renee Shadforth

Truckee voters left the polls on Tuesday donning “I Voted” stickers and knowing – whether they liked it or not – they were a part of history in California’s first-ever gubernatorial recall election.

The recreation center on Church Street, one of Truckee’s polling locations, had a noticeably higher turnout for Tuesday’s election than in years past, according to poll volunteers.

In addition to the recall initiative, there were two propositions on the ballot, but the recall was the hot topic for voters.

Andy Reichwald, 38, who was sitting on the recreation center steps with his son, said he wasn’t sure how the community would be affected by the outcome of the recall.

“But I do know the rest of the country is kind of laughing at California right now,” he said.

Reichwald said he opposes the recall. “The man (Gov. Gray Davis) was elected; let him finish his term,” he said.

Truckee-residents Margaret Lewicki and Ernie Grossman wouldn’t tell the Sierra Sun how they voted in the election – they said they were just proud to vote at all.

“I just feel it’s my civic duty,” Lewicki said.

Peter Suhr, 30, said he wishes the recall never happened.

“It’s kind of ridiculous,” he said. “We don’t need to spend more money on bureaucracy, we need to spend it on the state.”

Nevada City-residents Rosemary Stokes and Marty Austin said they felt lucky they had the opportunity to vote in Truckee. They were on vacation in Squaw Valley this week, and they did not want to drive back to Nevada City to vote.

Because the recall election is a special election, Stokes said, they were allowed to vote in Truckee.

“It’s great to see so many people out here,” she added.

Both women said they voted “no” on the recall.

“[Davis] did nothing felonious,” Austin said. “I think it’s a dangerous precedent to set for the rest of the country.”

Jason Renno, 29, said he was “subjected to vote” in the recall.

“I think it’s stupid. It’s a waste of time. It’s just a big stall on California’s problems,” Renno said.

Most of those polled by the Sierra Sun in front of the center opposed the recall. Some didn’t vote for a candidate and many voted for Lt. Gov. Cruz Bustamante as a back-up vote.

The voters who voted to get Davis out of office were equally vocal with their opinions.

“We need some new blood in there!” shouted Hans Stueker as he descended the recreation center steps. It was all the Truckee resident would offer as he left the polling station.

“That man has already done enough damage,” said a woman who would not give her name.

Gaile Holloway, 59, said she was for the recall.

“We’ve got to get Gray Davis out of the state of California,” she said.

Holloway said she wanted Davis out of office so she could continue to live in California.

“None of us can afford to live here if [Davis] stays in office,” she said. “And I don’t particularly want to move to Reno.”


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