Candidate hopeful for today’s Dem. primary |

Candidate hopeful for today’s Dem. primary

Fourth District congressional candidate Lisa Rea, who met with Tahoe supporters on Saturday, said she plans to defeat her opponents in today’s election and is ready to take on the Republican winner in November.

Rea is a Placer County resident and president and founder of the Justice and Reconciliation Project, a national non-profit organization that works with victims of violent crime. She is running against Democratic opponents Charles Brown, a retired Air Force lieutenant colonel and Michael Hamersley, an El Dorado Hills lawyer who works for the legal department of the California Franchise Board.

The probable winner in the Republican primary, John Doolittle, R-Roseville, has been mired in controversy surrounding his connections and money transactions with admitted felon Jack Abramoff, a former Washington lobbyist. Doolittle faces Mike Holmes, a former Navy officer and diplomat in today’s Republican primary.

Doolittle has also sparked anger among some Tahoe constituents after he blocked a provision in an appropriations bill that would have allowed the owner of Homewood Mountain Resort to sell the 1,086-acre ski area to the U.S. Forest Service for between $60 Million and $65 million. According to a May 28 Sacramento Bee article, the government proposed to take control of the ski resort, preventing it from being carved into estate-size lots.

Rea called the rider that Doolittle put into the bill “outrageous” and said Doolittle’s position is not consistent with the Forest Service and the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency’s efforts to protect Lake Tahoe.

“We have a private property owner who has already met with the Forest Service, negotiating a deal that is consistent with the Tahoe area and John Doolittle pulls the rug out from under him,” Rea said. “But it is the way he operates. He is for private property when it serves his purposes.”

Rea has the endorsements of several environmental leaders. Among them are Dr. Jerry Meral, the former executive director of the Planning & Conservation League; Jason Rainey, executive director of the South Yuba River Citizens League; Bill Center, a former El Dorado County supervisor and long-time environmental leader; Otis Wollan of the Placer County Water Agency; Greg Archbald, co-founder of the Trust for Public Land; Joe Medeiros, an educator and environmental leader in Placer County; and Harrison C. Dunning, water law expert and Professor of Law Emeritus, U.C. Davis

“I am proud to have the endorsements of those who have worked so hard to protect and preserve the environment,” she said. “The 4th District is home to many natural gems, such as Lake Tahoe… We have the choice, and we must be good stewards of the environment for future generations.”

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