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Opinion: Airport board election – as a matter of fact

I believe it is important that candidates who run for elected office do their homework for the position they are seeking, and make an effort to seek out and promote the facts relating to that position.

So I was very surprised recently to visit Teresa O’Dette’s election website and read her claim that she is “the only candidate to run for the Airport Board from North Lake Tahoe in the past 16 years.” The same claim appears in her Candidate Statement. This is not true.

I have lived in Tahoe City for more than 16 years, and served on the TTAD Board for four years up to 2008. I was proud to overlap with one of my North Tahoe neighbors, Steve Swigard, who as President led important and positive changes to the Truckee Tahoe Airport, and who stepped down in 2006. And immediately prior to my election, Ken Foster, Connie Stevens and Don Starbard — who all live in North Tahoe — served on the Board.

So that makes a total of five North Tahoe residents who have served our community as Airport Directors in the last 16 years. So Teresa’s statement is just not true.

Paul Vatistas

Tahoe City