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Placer supervisor candidate puts up $100,000 for race

A challenger for Bruce Kranz’s District 5 supervisorial seat is putting up $100,000 of his own money for the June election.

Bob Houston, a Meadow Vista resident and lobbyist in Sacramento, said that he has loaned his campaign $100,000 to challenge Kranz in the three-candidate race for District 5. The third person is Jennifer Montgomery of Serene Lakes.

“People told me that running against an incumbent is really difficult, especially when the incumbent starts with more than $80,000 in his account,” said Houston. “I decided to level the playing field right away. I am running to win.”



Montgomery has a war chest of $40,000 for the June 3 election.

If none of the candidates win a majority of the vote, a run-off between the top two vote getters will be held.




The fifth supervisorial district encompasses the north and west shores of Lake Tahoe, Donner Summit and part of the western slope of Placer County.

“In 2004 Bruce Kranz outspent my campaign by nearly three to one,” said former Placer County Supervisor Rex Bloomfield in a Houston press release. “He will not have that advantage this time.”

Houston, meanwhile, has said that if he is elected, he will forego the $30,000-a-year supervisor salary.-

“It is my full intention to use it for the community ” to give it to the nonprofits,” said Houston.

By the time of the election, Houston, 71 and the founder of a government affairs consulting company, said he will likely be retired from the business to focus on Placer County issues.

“Running against an incumbent is not easy,” said Houston.


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