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CANDIDATES FOR PUBLIC OFFICE

Truckee candidate files for five offices

Michael Lipe, a 28-year-old Homewood resident and real estate agent in Tahoe City, filed to run for five seats because “basically I want to start expressing my views and contribute to community I live in.”

He’s filed for Sierra Community College District trustee, Tahoe Forest Hospital District director, and Truckee Tahoe Airport District director, but is partial to a seat on the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District “because my son will be attending kindergarten.”



“It’s very difficult to be a part of the process if you just attend the meetings, so I figured I’d run for as many as I could. Then my name is out there,” Lipe said. “I don’t expect I’ll win all five, but possibly one or two.”

Lipe’s strategy is not unheard of.




Most people file because of an overriding desire to serve their community in a specific category,” Lorraine Jewett-Burdick, county clerk-recorder, said.

Others, she said, “shop” for an open office for which they are eligible to run.

– Grace Karpa

City council elections

If only one candidate files for an open seat, there is no election. The candidate wins automatically and is appointed in lieu of election. If no candidate files, or not enough candidates file, vacancies are filled by the governing board or the Board of Supervisors.

Grass Valley City Council

Five filed for two seats, both are 4-year terms: Newell Taylor, plumber; Thomas Reagan, EMT/ firefighter; Lisa Swarthout, small business owner; Gerard M. Tassone, incumbent; and Patti Ingram, incumbent.

Truckee Town Council

Five have filed for three seats, all 4-year terms: Don McCormack, incumbent; Julie Cooley-Rieders, no ballot designation; Ted Owens, local businessman; Kenn Rieders, registered tax preparer; and Steve McCann, businessman.

County races

If only one candidate files for an open seat, there is no election. The candidate wins automatically and becomes appointed in lieu of election. If no candidate files, or not enough candidates file, vacancies are filled by the governing board or the Board of Supervisors.

County Supervisor – 3rd District

Two candidates for one seat, 4-year term: Drew Bedwell, retired businessman; and Bruce Conklin, incumbent/reforester.

County Supervisor – 4th District

Two candidates for one seat, 4-year term: Elizabeth “Izzy” Martin, incumbent/farmer; Robin Sutherland, small business owner.

Nevada County fire

protection districts

If only one candidate files for an open fire district seat, there is no election and the candidate wins automatically. They are then appointed in lieu of election. If no candidate files, or not enough candidates file, vacancies are filled by the governing board or the Board of Supervisors.

North San Juan Fire District

Four candidates for three 4-year terms: Bruce Sturm, no ballot designation; Bruce Boyd, incumbent; Peter Goering, no ballot designation; Frank Peter, retired Teamster;

Ophir Hill Fire District

Three candidates for two 4-year terms: Al Hoffmeyer, current board member; Lois Engel, incumbent; Jeff Wagner., business owner.

Peardale-Chicago Park Fire District

Three candidates for two 4-year terms: John F. Felde, appointed incumbent; Phil Voelz, emergency medical technician; John Hayes, incumbent.

Penn Valley Fire District

Three candidates for two 4-year terms: Hank Weston, fire chief; Joe Blaz, retired highway patrolman; Roberto G. Garcia, carpenter/firefighter/EMT.

Truckee Fire District

Four candidates for three 4-year terms: Joe Straub, incumbent; Jerry Goulding, incumbent; Gary A. Waters, incumbent; Ernest Alioto, retired firefighter.

The following candidates will be automatically elected for lack of competition.

Forty-Niner Fire District

All for 4-year terms: Melvin W. Mouser, Mike Miller and Fred Buhler.

Higgins Fire District

Both for 4-year terms: Don Luis and Art Silvera.

Nevada County Consolidated Fire District.

Three for 4-year terms. Russell Moorhouse, Ronald A. Nulph and Dick Walters.

Peardale-Chicago Park Fire District

Cheryl Domnitch, 2-year term.

Rough and Ready Fire District

All 4-year terms: Art Grosse, Bruce Davison and Hal Varni.

Truckee Fire District

Michael D. Mohr, 2-year term.

School board races

A large number of candidates have filed for school board posts to be filled in the Nov. 5 election. Aug. 14 at 5 p.m. was the deadline to file.

In school districts where the number of candidates equals the number of open seats, candidates will be appointed in lieu of an election, saving their school district several thousand dollars. Elections will be held for these districts:

Grass Valley School District

Four candidates for three 4-year terms: Joan Taylor, incumbent; Pat Ingram, incumbent; Jerry Martin, education college professor; and Paula Roediger, substitute teacher.

Nevada City School District

Five candidates for three 4-year terms: Margaret Meagher, incumbent; James Butler, attorney; Bill Mecorney, incumbent; Barry Dorland, fire inspector; and Bill Locker, manager.

Pleasant Ridge Union School District

Seven candidates for three 4-year terms: Carol Brady, retired educator; Jay Betz, physician, rancher; JoAnn Bothwell, retired teacher; Guy Tortorici, asset manager; Joann Rossovich, incumbent; Liz Rhodes, educational technology administrator; and Gary Clarke, retired educator.

Pleasant Valley School District

Five candidates for three 4-year terms: Stephen Griffin, retired educator; Nita Robinson, incumbent; Frank Mondok, appointed incumbent; Cathy Ferguson, appointed incumbent; and Patty Brennwald, mother.

Ready Springs, Penn Valley

Five candidates for three 4-year terms: Rosie Mariani, site council member; Stormy Trahern, incumbent; Ron Gabbert, chiropractor; Greg Fultz, general contractor; and Ramon West, manager.

Twin Ridges Elementary School District

Two candidates for one 2-year term: Cindy Foxfoot, incumbent; and Robert Russell, maintenance supervisor/musician.

Nevada County Board of Education

Three candidates for one 4-year term: Buck Stoval, no occupation listed; Jack Meeks, retired teacher; and Georgie Coulter, retired teacher and Union Hill School board member.

Nevada Joint Union High School District

Lorraine Plagge, former Nevada City School District board member; Corinne Parilo, homemaker/writing trainer.

Sierra Community College District

Nevada County may vote on two trustees, area 6. Four candidates for one 1-year term in trustee area 6: Nancy Palmer, incumbent; James Hinman, educator; David Hodder, businessman and educator; and Jim Perkins, community college professor.

Candidates in these districts will be appointed to the position in lieu of an election because the number of candidates equals the number of open seats. Where there are vacancies, county supervisors will appoint someone.

Chicago Park School District

Three candidates for three 4-year terms: Mark Quinlan, James Bierwagen and Gene Meyers.

Clear Creek School District

Three candidates for three 4-year terms: Heino Nicolai, Robert DeMatteis and Jack Fortner.

Twin Ridges Elementary School District

Two candidates for three 4-year terms: Sandra Ventura Scott and DeOnne Noel.

Union Hill School District

One candidate for one 4-year term: Michael Blake, incumbent. On candidate for one two-year term: Dorothy Goodnow, incumbent.

Nevada County Board of Education

Two candidates for two trustee seats: incumbents Bob Altieri and Bob Stone.

Nevada Joint Union High School District

Two candidates for three 4-year terms: Daniel Miller and Jon Katis.

Special District Elections

A number of people have signed up for special district positions, but not all of them are in a race. Whenever a district has the same amount of candidates as it does open seats, those who filed are appointed in lieu of election. Those closed races will not cost the taxpayers anything. The last day to file was Aug. 14 at 5 p.m.

Nevada Irrigation District (NID)

Divisions I and V are Nevada County only. Divisions II and III are both Nevada and Placer counties. Division IV is Placer County only.

Three candidates for one 4-year term in Division I: Nancy Weber, incumbent; Alfred N. Scheinert, retired program manager; Sterling Honea, Deputy County Counsel.

Two candidates for one 4-year term in Division II: John H. Drew, agriculturist; and Ronald Mathis, no ballot designation.

Tahoe Forest Hospital District – Truckee

Five candidates for three 4-year terms: Rob Eskridge, incumbent; Lawrence C. Long, retired hospital administrator, incumbent; Michael E. Lipe, entrepreneur; John R. Falk, community relations coordinator.

Truckee Tahoe Airport District

Three candidates for two 4-year terms: Michael Golden, business owner; Steve Swigard, local businessman; Michael T. Lipe, entrepreneur.

Truckee Sanitary District

Four candidates for three 4-year terms: Ron Sweet, incumbent; Jerry Gilmore, incumbent; Michael F. Sullivan, incumbent; Stephanie Atwood, businesswoman/consultant/instructor.

Washngton County Water District

Four candidates for three 4-year terms: George Douglas Price, no ballot designation; John A. Stark, engineer; Bobby D. Hicks, no ballot designation; Lyla J. Tracy. jeweler/mine manager.

The candidates below will be automatically appointed:

Bear River Recreation and Park District

Nancy Moorhouse, two-year term; Debi Juric, four-year term; Kathy Wronski, four-year term.

– The Union staff


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