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Montgomery, four others to square off in June primary for Placer Co. supes seat

TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. — It will be a four-man, one-woman race for the local seat on the primary local governing agency for non-incorporated areas such as Tahoe City, Carnelian Bay, Tahoe Vista and Kings Beach.Incumbent Placer County Supervisor Jennifer Montgomery of Soda Springs is running for re-election against Mark Jonathan Wright, of Colfax, and three others who share the last name Johnson: Jerry Johnson, of Meadow Vista; Richard Johnson, of Auburn; and Gary Johnson, of Colfax.Montgomery said she considers the most exciting aspect of running for re-election is the opportunity to run on her track record.“I'm proud of my record, as together we've made great strides toward more accountability, more responsiveness, more transparency and more fiscal responsibility in our county government,” she wrote in an email. “I look forward to a robust campaign centered around it.”Wright said he will work to ensure tax dollars are spent as effectively as possible, support the creation of private sector jobs with pro-business policies and oppose efforts to infringe on property rights.“I want the county government to be more accountable to the people than to outside special interest groups,” he wrote in an email.Jerry Johnson is a retired law enforcement agent who still works part-time on homicide cold cases for the Auburn Police Department.His goals as supervisor, he said, would be to protect and preserve public safety, both in fire and law enforcement. He would work to ensure the departments do not continue to rely on public bonding measures.“I also would like to revitalize business by making government more helpful rather than over-regulatory, and I would protect private property,” he said.Gary Johnson served on the Placer Hills Union School District board for 16 years.He said as supervisor he would commit his time to “ensuring public safety, protecting agriculture, and preserving the environment in Placer County that makes it such a special place to live.”“My highest priority is to have local, state and federal government work harmoniously together,” Gary Johnson said. “As a gesture of my commitment to education I am going to donate 50 percent of my county pay to public schools in District 5.”Now-retired Tahoe National Forest District Ranger Richard Johnson said he has been an active member of his community for more than 26 years. He was chairman of the Placer County Planning Commission, president of the Placer County Visitor Bureau, chairman of the Auburn Chamber Forum and Placer County Agricultural Commission, to name a few of his positions.“I have extensive experience managing tight fiscal budgets, human resources, and complex inter-agency relationships,” he wrote in an email. “I strongly believe that open forums, public participation, eliminating regulatory barriers, and collaborative resolution of issues are critical steps in improving government operations.”The candidates will square off in the June 5 primary election. According to the Placer County Elections Office, unless one candidate receives 50 percent of the votes, plus one more vote, the top two candidates will participate in the Nov. 6 general election.

It will be a two-man race for the local Nevada County supervisor seat being vacated by Ted Owens — current town of Truckee Councilman Richard Anderson, and local businessman Michael Rogers.Anderson was elected to Truckee's Town Council in 2004, and re-elected in 2006 and 2010. He has served as mayor twice.As a council member, Anderson is on the town's Stormwater Advisory Committee, is a representative to the Nevada County Local Agency Formation Commission and is one of two town representatives to the Truckee River Basin Water Group.In a previous Sierra Sun report, Anderson promised to continue the “Truckee way,” which is described at length on his website www.richardandersonforsupervisor.com. His goals and guiding principles are also stated on the site.In a recent conversation with Rogers at Wild Cherries Coffee House in Truckee, he described his plan for rejuvenating the local economy.His idea involves a concept he terms “job bonds,” which call for area businesses to organize under an umbrella organization to pursue economic endeavors.Supported by supervisors, the umbrella organization could bid for large projects and apply for robust financing options. Rogers says his plan would keep jobs and money in the region.Details of the plan are yet to be nailed down, but the process, Rogers said, will be a collaborative effort.“I'm not going to be the smartest guy in the room,” Rogers said, “but my idea is to create a decentralized, cooperating system.”With only two candidates running, the Nevada County seat will likely be decided during the June 5 primary, without the need for a November run-off.

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