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Supervisor, judge candidates speak to Republican women

Photo by Josh MillerTed Owens speaks to the Tahoe Truckee Republican Women's club at Wong's Chinese restaurant on Tuesday.

Former Truckee mayor Ted Owens spoke of the rigors of running unopposed for the county supervisor seat and Frank Rowley, candidate for Placer County Superior Court Judge, touted his experience before a gathering of the Tahoe Truckee Republican Women’s club in Truckee on Tuesday.

Owens, Truckee town councilman and candidate for Nevada County supervisor in district 5, said as county supervisor he will work to bridge the gap between the western and eastern parts of Nevada County.

“We’re still a satellite to the county,” said Owens. “The Town of Truckee since incorporation has had the luxury of paying attention just to its backyard.”

Owens plans to raise countywide awareness of issues facing Truckee, while also prompting Truckee to focus on regional partnerships.

With a smile and an undertone of sarcasm, Owens also recounted the difficulties of not having a competing candidate in the race.

“Believe it or not, it is not so easy running unopposed. There is no one to argue with,” said Owens. “I was thinking about buying some airtime to debate with myself.”

But while his campaign may not be rigorous, Owens said his experience as a Truckee mayor, councilman and planning commissioner make him the right fit for the job.

Development and air quality are two issues that will only be successfully dealt with by cooperation from Placer County, Nevada County and Truckee, Owens said. Truckee must be careful not enact regulations that could push development out of town, where it cannot be made to conform the town’s standards. Using the city of Davis as an example, Owens noted that undesirable development has sprung up all around the borders of the city, despite, or possibly because of, the city’s overstringent development requirements.

While Truckee has been successful in molding development proposals to fit the town’s development standards, the town will soon be dealing with intense traffic and air quality impacts of neighboring Placer County development. Owens said these are the issues that he will tackle as supervisor.

Frank Rowley emphasized his law enforcement and legal background before the group of Republican women.

“The main thing that I feel I have to offer over my opponents is life experience,” said Rowley. “When I first came and bought property in Placer County my opponent was four years old.”

Rowley said his 16 years as a California Highway Patrol Officer gave him a view of the other side of crime and the law – a view most attorneys and judges have not seen. He’s seen two fellow officers shot and killed, and that has shaped his legal philosophy.

“I have very little tolerance for the crime side,” said Rowley. “I have a simple motto, ‘You do the crime; you do the time.’ It’s as simple as that.'”

Rowley, also an attorney, author and judge pro tem, said that cases should be decided on merit and not on popularity. He is in a tough race for office 1 of the superior court against Colleen Nichols, who has picked up many endorsements from city governments, judges and county supervisors.

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