The NTPUD board elections are here. Friends run against friends and things get personal. This time, unlike most elections, we actually have competition. I've worked with and am friends with all 6 candidates. They're all honest people. I've asked them to increase public participation in the election process and board meetings. The NTPUD is our only local governing body. They influence our lives and pocketbooks and the process should be more open.1. NTPUD elections should be "at large." Since NTPUD directors represent the entire district there is no reason to run for individual seats. If this election were "at large," there would be 6 candidates vying for 3 seats. As voters, we'd select three candidates. With separate races, we might vote for someone we prefer in one race and be forced to vote for a lesser choice in another.2. Board meetings should be changed to a better time to allow more public participation. Ten am meetings don't work for business owners or workers.Ramona Cruz, Teresa O'Dette and Ernie Dambach have all agreed to make these changes so I'm supporting them. My support of these candidates has nothing to do with a "rumored" merger of the two PUDs. But It's no secret I think the two PUDs should undertake another study about the possibility.Finally, I have known and worked with Ramona Cruz for 25 years. She's as honest and ethical as they get and has been a tireless volunteer in our community. She raised her son in Kings Beach. As a PUD board member, I know Ramona's agenda will be to do what's best for our district. To suggest otherwise is not to know Ramona.I hope this is the last election where friends run against friends and potential candidates choose not to enter the contest. We can do better.Dave Ferrari, Kings BeachBoard member, Sierra College
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