City ballots arrive late in Placerville
The race to fill two seats on the South Lake Tahoe City Council was too close to call by the Tahoe Daily Tribune’s press deadline.
With a perceived record turnout, the ballots had left the South Shore for Placerville where they were expected to arrive after the Tribune’s press time, where they were to be counted.
As of press time, early returns showed businessman Jeff Williams and city planning commissioner Ted Long leading but not by much – 21.2 and 20.7 percent.
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Six diverse candidates are vying for two seats to be vacated by Mayor Tom Davis and Councilwoman Judy Brown. Both said they were preparing to move on to the next chapters of their lives after 12 and 8 years of service, respectively.
Joining Williams and Long as candidates, table games supervisor Pat Frega; attorney Bruce Grego; recreational advocate Stephen Reinhard and former restaurateur Mike Weber seek a job that pays $452 a month. The term lasts four years.
After running two years ago, one candidate will call it quits if he loses. The same candidate, Reinhard, reported no contributions and expenses. Two are city planning commissioners. Two others had never run for public office. Two said they would relinquish the city-paid medical insurance.
But all brought the heart to carry them through what was characterized as a civil and low-spending campaign in comparison to reports from 2002.
This race had no incumbents, but these six candidates with varying approaches of how to run local government will probably come to a head today. Most agreed fiscal responsibility should take precedence and lead the policy of the city’s future.
But with years of budget shortfalls, the candidates expressed strong views that government projects to spur the economy will help build a cohesive community.
– Susan Wood can be reached at (530) 542-8009 or via e-mail at email@example.com