Slim competition for upcoming local elections
Voters may have little say in certain local races this November if more candidates don’t file for public positions, according to the Placer County registrar.
Although the filing period for candidates opened on July 17, many local races are still uncontested or have no candidates filed, said Jim McCauley, Placer County registrar, in a written statement.
If local offices have no candidates running for them they will be filled by appointment, a practice that occurs locally each general elections because of a lack of interest, McCauley said.
Seats with little or no interest include positions on the board of the Tahoe City Public Utility District, the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District and the North Tahoe Fire Protection District.
The Truckee Town Council, which has three seats open for election in November, has three potential candidates, said Truckee Town Clerk Judy Price.
Richard Anderson, who served a two-year, half term after being elected to fill the seat vacated by Nevada County Supervisor Ted Owens, said he will seek re-election to the council.
Anderson is joined by two other interested individuals, Mark Brown and Robert Cassidy, for seats on the council. Both have pulled paperwork, but have not officially filed, said Price.
“I think when people see that there are only three [candidates], we’ll see interest spark for the town council race,” Anderson said.
Mayor Beth Ingalls said she has not decided whether she will seek re-election.
Council member Craig Threshie said he will leave the council to pursue personal and professional goals.
The people who have pulled election paperwork, without officially filing, for the North Tahoe Public Utility District are Theresa May Duggan and Susan Daniels for one seat and Sherman Lewis and Gerald Wotel for the other seat.
The Truckee Tahoe Airport District race, which was hotly contested two years ago, has no officials candidates, but airport advisory team members Bill Quesnel and Sandy Korth have announced that they intend to pursue the seats held by Board President Steve Swigard and Michael Golden. They have endorsements from both the Community Airport Restoration Effort and the Friends of the Truckee Tahoe Airport, which backed competing candidates in 2004, said their campaign manager Bill Kraus.
Swigard is not planning to run for re-election, sources said.
Golden was not available for comment before this article was published.
As the election draws near, some individuals, including candidates, are hoping for more interest in local elections.
“It would be great to have a real race,” said Truckee Town Council candidate Anderson.
The candidate filing period runs until Aug. 11, unless an incumbent does not file by that date in the race. If no incumbent has filed, the filing period runs until Aug. 16 for non-incumbents.
Candidates for the Truckee Town Council and Truckee residents seeking Truckee special districts seats can apply at the Truckee Town Hall.
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