Incumbent Miner re-elected
District 4 incumbent Don Miner will serve Lake Tahoe as Douglas County Commissioner for another four years.
Miner, seeking a second term representing Douglas County’s Lake Tahoe areas on the five-member commission, captured more than 60 percent of 13,852 votes cast to nonpartisan challenger Janet Murphy’s 39 percent.
Incumbent Douglas County Republicans Assessor Barbara Byington and Public Administrator Lynn EnEarl easily also won new terms.
“I’m pleased with that result. I was targeting for 50 percent of the vote plus one,” said Miner. “We’ve developed over the last four years a pretty excellent team. It’s a pretty refreshing and rewarding feeling to know you’ve been asked to return to the starting lineup.”
Miner collected 8,268 to Murphy’s 5,314 votes.
He collected better than 50 percent of the vote in all but two of the county’s 33 precincts. Murphy collected 51 percent of the vote in the Edgewood precinct at Lake Tahoe and garnered 78 percent of the Dresslerville precinct in the Carson Valley.
Miner carried both of their home precincts, taking more than 62 percent of the vote in his home precinct of Skyland and 55 percent of the vote in the Zephyr Cove precinct, where Murphy resides.
The voter approval of Miner guarantees the commission will remain unchanged for another two years. The only other seat that was up for grabs is held by District 2 Incumbent Jacques Etchegoyhen, who ran unopposed.
The other three commissioners, Steve Weissinger, Bernie Curtis and Kelly Kite, have two years each left on their terms.
In the assessor race, four-term incumbent Byington dominated fellow Republican Joe Fay, taking more than 72 percent of the vote. She garnered 9,369 of 12,890 votes cast.
Byington said she was surprised by the wide margin.
“I thought that Joe ran a very good race, and I thought he would do better than that,” she said.
Both candidates are Republicans. They advanced to the general election because no Democrats sought the office.
Rounding out the countywide races, acting Public Administrator Lynn EnEarl, a Republican, captured 65 percent of the vote to defeat Democrat Helen Kolbe.
EnEarl, who is completing the final year of former administrator Bill Reynolds’ term, got 8,868 votes. Kolbe collected 4,729.
EnEarl said she was surprised by the winning margin.
“I feel very humbled by the overwhelming amount of support that I got,” she said. “I’m very pleased.”
She downplayed the edges of incumbency and Republican affiliation. Douglas voters tend to favor Republican candidates.
“That doesn’t necessarily do it,” she said. “I think it’s just a combination of different things. I like to think it would be the hard work that I’ve done for the last 10 months.”
Kolbe congratulated EnEarl on the victory, noting her Democratic affiliation made the race “an uphill battle.”
“I was hoping that my experience and qualifications for Public Administrator would outweigh partisanship,” said Kolbe. “If, however, my running made Lynn EnEarl, the county commissioners and the public more aware of the importance of the position of public administrator … it is victory.”
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