Reformers sweep Tahoe Donner election
After campaigning on a platform that promised change and accountability, three reform minded candidates swept the recent Tahoe Donner Association board of directors election, capturing all three of the seats up for election.
Ron Wulff, H.R. “Dick” Halpin and Greg McDougall each received more than a thousand votes, beating all six of the remaining candidates by 2-to-1 margins. In all, 2,066 ballots were received, with 5,435 votes cast.
“It was outstanding. We’ve never had a turnout like that,” said Paul Duggan, a Tahoe Donner resident and supporter of the three winning candidates.
Duggan, Halpin and Wulff said during the campaign they were concerned with the lack of communication between the board and Tahoe Donner homeowners.
Duggan also cited poor maintenance of the some of the association’s facilities and a 20 percent association fee increase by the previous board as reasons for backing the new board members.
The only incumbent running for reelection, Jack Schwartz, was defeated. Two board members, Bruce Cornell and Dick Kreutzen, were not eligible for reelection due to term limits.
After election results were announced last Sunday, the new board was seated. Wulff was appointed president, Halpin vice president and McDougall treasurer. Incumbent Herm Shaver was appointed secretary.
None of the newly elected candidates could comment on specific actions the new board would take, as the first regularly scheduled meeting is not until July 24.
Halpin did say he would like to see the new board take an active role in the implementation of the Tahoe Donner Master Plan, which includes the expansion of Trout Creek Recreation Center, the renovation of the Northwoods Clubhouse and a new community center at the Northwoods golf course.
“Over the next 3 to 4 years it appears Tahoe Donner will be built out. What we are trying to do is look at how we can maintain a high level of service as far as amenities are concerned,” he said.
Dave Gravel, assistant general manager of the Tahoe Donner Homeowners Association, said he is pleased members are up to the challenge of being on the board.
“They have taken on a huge job, and we are glad members are willing to do that.”
Orientation for the new board is today at noon, at the Northwoods Clubhouse.
The first regularly scheduled board meeting is Tuesday, July 24 at 9 a.m. at the Northwoods Clubhouse.
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