Voters trickle in to Truckee, North Tahoe polls: Choices range from Congressional representative to school funding to local supervisors
On Tuesday afternoon, one or two voters trickled into the voting booths at the Truckee Community Center every few minutes.
“Turnout is lighter than usual,” said Donald St. Clair, precinct judge for the election in Truckee. “I think some people have voter’s remorse from the last election.”
St. Clair said he still expected higher turnout due to Tahoe Truckee Unified School District’s Measure L.
Voters who stopped to speak to the Sierra Sun all voted on Measure L, but were more variable on other issues and candidates.
“I voted yes on Measure L, there is a need for long-term investment in education,” said Steve Frisch.
Michael Rodarte also voted yes, saying he has three sons going into high school in the next few years, and said he feels this is an appropriate time to build on the schools.
Brooke Bishop also voted yes, agreeing that it the schools needed to keep up with technology, despite her reservations about high taxes and the district’s financial responsibility.
Hilda Wheeler also voted yes, but Bernadett Sax-Lander voted no.
“We’re barely making it and getting taxed out of everything,” she said.
Looking to the race for the 4th congressional district, Frisch said he crossed party lines to vote for Doug Ose in the Republican primary.
“I wanted someone with a direct connection to the district run against Brown,” Frisch said.
Sax-Lander also voted for Ose, citing his position on war veterans.
“I like his views ” I have a son-in-law over in the war,” she said.
Wheeler said she preferred Tom McClintock over Ose, saying he had more experience.
Fewer people had opinions on the 3rd state assembly seat, but Wheeler said she voted for Nevada County’s Sue Horne.
“She is so smart and she listens. That is important with any person in politics,” Wheeler said.
At North Tahoe Fire Station No. 51 in Tahoe City the stream of voters matched Truckee’s trickle.
“There’s no Measure L to drive us to the polls,” said Tahoe Lake Elementary School Principal Danny Hyde who voted early. “[But] the important thing is this area [of Placer County] gets represented.”
By 12:45 p.m. only 21 voters had filled out ballots traditionally, although the Tahoe City precinct received an equal number of ballots from people that missed the deadline to mail in their votes, according to Precinct Inspector Al Reynolds. The area has 626 registered voters with nearly 300 of those opting to vote absentee.
One such voter, Carrie Hoyt, from Serene Lakes on Donner Summit had the unique opportunity to cast her vote for both the Placer county supervisor district 5 race while weighing in on the Measure L bond measure for the Truckee schools. She voted for Jennifer Montgomery while checking ‘no’ for Measure L, she said.
“I always vote, voting should be mandatory,” she said.
Among other Placer County voters, the supervisor race was split between Hoyt’s choice and incumbent Bruce Kranz. No one the Sun talked to cast a ballot for the other challenger Bob Houston.
Elena McAlpine, Tahoe City resident and local businesswoman, voted for Kranz.
“I’m stoked to be voting for Bruce Kranz because I think he will bring projects to the area and boost local business,” said McAlpine, who owns local business SnowBomb with her husband Jim.
Tahoe City resident Ryan Hastings voted for Montgomery.
“We have the best chance to be represented locally,” because she lives here, he said.
Among those that cast votes in the Democratic primary, Charlie Brown was the clear choice.
“He has the best chance between the two to knock out the Republican [in November],” Hastings said.
Others, like Jim McAlpine, Elena’s husband, who cast a Republican ballot, voted for Ose because “I didn’t hear much from McClintock,” he said.
Still others choose to remain impartial in the 4th congressional district until the November general election.
“I don’t always want to vote for one party,” said local homebuilder Pete Jacobsen, who cast a nonpartisan ballot.
The two state ballot initiatives confused many voters.
“The eminent domain issue was confusing,” Jacobsen said.
An endorsement from AARP helped Jacobsen to decide to vote No on Proposition 98 and Yes on Proposition 99, he said.
But Genie Haines, a local flight attendant, cast her vote the opposite of Jacobsen.
“[Proposition] 98 is important,” she said. ” We need to protect property owner’s rights. Landlords should not get to knocked around by renters,” she said.