Bush leads Baumann in supes race
As of press time, the El Dorado County supervisors race for district two was too close to call.
Ken Bush garnered 4,472 votes and Helen Baumann pulled in 4,445 votes, with only 29 out of 41 precincts reporting.
One of the two candidates will replace Supervisor Ray Nutting, who served on the board for eight years.
Nutting said the Tahoe vote would decide the district two race.
Bush is a 23-year resident of El Dorado County and has served on the Local Agency Formation Commission, Disaster Council, Joint Powers Authority for the Ambulance, Pioneer Fire Protection District Board.
Baumann, 48, is a registered nurse and Pioneer Union School Board chairman.
Bush’s main platform urged the county to be more active in the Sacramento Area Council of Government and to receive more money to fund roads.
“This county for years did not participate in the Sacramento Area Council of Government, and SACOG is responsible for state and federal dispersal of money for state highway systems,” Bush said. “We need to make sure that our fair share of state and federal tax revenues comes back to the county.”
Bush also came out against the current board’s opposition to Measure H, which was also leading by a sizable majority as of press time.
He said Measure H and the $22 million growth in last year’s budget should help to increase road maintenance.
Bush has also been an adamant supporter of the Health Alliance’s quest to get most of the Master Tobacco Settlement money and thought the current board’s decision to postpone deciding on the money’s allocation for two more years was wrong.
Bush is also very interested in looking into alternative transportation options as growth on the West Slope explodes. He said developers should pay to alleviate infrastructure problems that are caused by their development projects.
Baumann, a 20-year resident of the county, supported the health community and its right to the tobacco funds throughout her campaign.
“What the Health Alliance asked for was not outrageous,” Baumann said. “If I am elected I will see if we can’t take care of that before 2002, (when the Health Alliance’s initiative will go to the ballot). I am so committed to health care.”
Baumann also supports Measure H and disagreed with the current board’s decision to sue the Builders’ Exchange.
Bush said he was anxiously awaiting the results Tuesday night with his supporters.
“It’s neck and neck. That’s all I can say,” Bush said.
Baumann was not available for comment.
Nutting said both candidates would do a good job as supervisor and said he was sad to go.
“I think Baumann and Bush are highly qualified people,” Nutting said. “There’s really no clear frontrunner in this race.”
Ken Bush: 4,472, 50.7%
Helen Baumann: 4,445, 49.2 %
29 out of 41 precincts reporting
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