Tahoe/Truckee Election 2008 coverage
October 8, 2008
All the ballots have finally been counted, and some results have been surprising…
On this page you will find links to all the Sierra Sun’s stories about the local, state and national elections affecting the North Lake Tahoe and Truckee region.By our best count, 11 contested local races will be decided on the November ballot. Add to that a couple races for state assembly and state senate, and a hotly contested U.S. House of Representatives seat, and weve got our hands full getting information out to local voters.The Sierra Sun is profiling the races in a series of question-and-answer segments, links to all of which can be found below. In addition you’ll find links to our profiles of the Truckee Donner Public Utility District, Measure U and the Placer County Supervisor seat, and articles from election forums on the local school board and town council races.Scroll down to browse the list of stories and candidate question and answer sessions available, or click one of the races below to go directly to that section.
Truckee voters will have a chance to vote for local offices and state and national political seats as early as Monday. The Truckee Town Clerks office at Truckee Town Hall will be open for early voting during regular business hours (Monday-Friday between the hours of 8 a.m.-12 p.m. and 1 p.m.-5 p.m.) beginning Oct. 6.
Tahoe-Truckee Unified School DistrictThe four candidates for the Truckee Tahoe School District Board of Directors showcased their thoughts, plans and ideas before about 20 community members Tuesday night at the Truckee Town Hall. Challengers Nancy Gisko, Monty Folsom, Kirsten Livak and Lisa Mohun all shared time in a question-and-answer style forum moderated by Lisa Wallace.In the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District Board of Trustees race Kristen Livak is challenging Monty Folsom for the Area 2 seat. Lisa Mohun is challenging Nancy Gisko in the area 4 seat. North Tahoe Public Utility DistrictCandidates Frank Mooney and Phil Thompson answer questions about rates, infrastructure and more. Tahoe City Public Utility DistrictCandidates for the Tahoe City Public Utility District answer questions about the acquisition of private water companies, how they will handle shrinking budgets, and what makes them qualified for the job. Truckee Donner Public Utility DistrictThe eight candidates for the Truckee Donner Public Utility District answer questions posed by Sierra Sun staff and readers. Squaw Valley Public Service DistrictCandidates answer questions about water supply, projects they might subsidize from the Community Benefit Fund and how they would improve the district. Truckee Town CouncilFour of the five candidates for Truckee Town Council squared off on the issues Tuesday night. Incumbents Barbara Green and Josh Susman shared the dias with challengers Jamie Brimer and Joan Jones taking questions from the public one at a time. Jeremiah Frank, another challenger, was out sick.Between now and election day, the Sierra Sun will be profiling local contested races with a question and answer segment for each district. Check back regularly in the Sierra Sun to see what the candidates have to say about local issues. Truckee Tahoe Airport DistrictRead the question and answer session with Truckee Tahoe Airport District candidates Connie Stevens, Mary Hetherington, Tom Van Berkem and Kathleen Eagan by clicking the link above. Placer County Supervisor, District 5Candidates Kranz and Montgomery answer questions about Kings Beach, the Tahoe Basin as a whole, the TRPA, affordable housing and more… Sierra Lakes County Water DistrictIncumbents Martin Bern, Wade Freedle, and challenger Joseph Gray answered questions about water supplies, the Royal Gorge development plans and more. Challenger Al Le Bel did not respond. North Tahoe Fire Protection DistrictThe two candidates for the North Tahoe Fire Protection District discuss defensible space, backyard burning, and the potential for future assessments. Sierra College Board of TrusteesThe campaign to represent Area 7, which includes Nevada County, on the Sierra College board of trustees has turned into one of the most contentious local races – pitting incumbent Aaron Klein against Nevada City lawyer E. John Vodonick.
Measure UVoters wanting to learn more about Proposition U, the Tahoe Truckee Unified School Districts request for building and technology improvements, will have a number of public meetings to ask questions to the district.When voters head to the polls on Nov. 4 in Nevada and Placer Counties, supporters of the Tahoe Truckee School District are hoping they cast their votes for more than just the presidential ticket. After a narrow defeat in June, backers of Measure L a $93 million capital improvement project for the Truckee schools are hoping voters support its current incarnation, Measure U, and breathe new life into the Truckee facilities.The Measure U campaign took the time to answer questions about the latest Tahoe Truckee Unified School District bond measure.A group of about 10 Truckee citizens gathered last Tuesday night to discuss the pros and cons of Measure U, the $93 million bond measure to update the Truckee schools. If passed, U would add a new, two-story wing to Truckee High School, increase parking at Truckee Elementary School and, as a result, tear down the districts administrative buildings to make way. Measure VMeasure V, on the ballot for Truckee voters this Nov. 4, traces its roots back to one of the reasons Truckee incorporated as a town in 1993. A continuation of a 1/2 cent sales tax passed by voters in 1998, Measure V money would go towards road maintenance on the towns roads.
California State Senate, District 1This political season is full of candidates challenging each others’ positions, but in one California Senate race, a candidate is challenging whether the incumbent he faces even exists. The Senate race for District 1 which includes the California side of Lake Tahoe pits Democratic challenger Anselmo Chavez against Republican incumbent Dave Cox. California State Assembly, District 3How does Nevada County get heard at the California legislature to land money and influence for tangible growth? District 3 State Assembly candidates Dan Logue and Michael Mickey Harrington differed on their approach before an election forum Wednesday night in Grass Valley put on by the League of Women Voters.
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