Tahoe City PUD: Henrikson and Friedman win Tahoe City PUD seats
TAHOE CITY Judy Friedman and Erik Henrikson are the projected winners of the Tahoe City Public Utility District election with eight out of the nine precincts reporting at midnight on election night. Friedman led Christine McMorrow, the closest trailing candidate, by 210 votes while Henrikson lead opponent Guy Perman by 308 votes. 1,417 total votes were reported for the seat three election in Placer County, 1,404 for seat four. I really welcome the opportunity to represent the taxpayers and rate-payers of the district, said Friedman late on election night. Henrikson, the incumbent, and Friedman will face ongoing issues surrounding the impact of privately owned water companies and rate increases for water and sewer utilities if elected. I will ensure that every effort is made to keep the public involved when rate increases are being proposed, Friedman said in a Sierra Sun Qandamp;A.Active local election voters were faced with six choices between the two Utility Board seats.Its a question of what an individuals personal agenda is, what their characteristics as a human being are, and who cares deeply as a passionate person, said voter Wendy Rolfe-Cook when asked about the Utility Board election.For some, the bigger issues on the ballot overshadowed the local election. Many voters did not even vote on the two seats in fear they might unknowingly pick the wrong person.There was a name on there I was familiar with so I went with it, said Hanni Schwiesow when asked how she felt about the local elections.The local issues werent advertised enough for me, said Courtney Knudson. Just reading the paragraph statement by the candidate isnt enough for me.While people have come to know Barack Obama and John McCain through extensive media coverage, local officials relied on the relationships they have forged with the community to garner votes. People vote for who they know, said Knudson, if they dont know them personally they wont vote.