Four file for Solaro’s vacant supervisor seat |

Four file for Solaro’s vacant supervisor seat

Susan Wood

A four-way race to replace former El Dorado County Supervisor Dave Solaro in Tahoe’s 5th District has been set. Now it’s up to the voters to chart the course of a region filled with its share of growth and growing pains – at least for about a year.

The elected candidate will fulfill Dave Solaro’s four-year term, which will end January 2007. He vacated the seat he took over in 2002 to retire and move to South Carolina.

South Shore attorney Dennis Crabb, businessman Lou Pierini, recreational advocate Stephen Reinhard and health care worker Norma Santiago have submitted papers to represent Tahoe at the county seat in Placerville. The filing deadline was Friday.

The last day to register to vote is Oct. 24. In the coming months leading up to the Nov. 8 election, registration forms will be available at Tahoe’s county offices, library and California Department of Motor Vehicles.

As of July, Tahoe’s district registration from 119 precincts is 16,181 voters – broken down by party as 37.9 Democrat and 28.6 Republican. American Independents number 3.4 percent, 2.2 Green and 0.9 Libertarian. Still, at least a quarter of those who have registered decline to state their party affiliation.

The blue party turns red as registration crosses the entire county – 46.5 Republican and 30.9 percent Democrat. Total countywide registration is 104,850 over 846 precincts.

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A few statewide initiatives are expected to reach the November ballot. They range in subject matter from Proposition 73’s terminating a minor’s pregnancy to Proposition 78’s discounts on prescription drugs.