Incumbent striving for diverse economy
If elected to a third term as a Douglas County commissioner, Don Miner says he will continue to: push for economic diversification, maintain the county’s low tax rate and defend the rights of private property owners.
Miner, a Los Angeles native, earned a doctorate related to chiropractic in 1965, paying for his degree by starting a computer services business.
He moved to South Lake Tahoe in 1977 for its natural beauty and set up a chiropractic clinic in 1978. Today, his office is in Gardnerville, close to the county seat.
Miner decided to run for office after years of public service at South Shore, and after county commissioners Bob Pruett and Bruce Kanoff urged him to run. Miner beat four other candidates and took office in January 1996.
Politics works for him because it creates a path that looks to a concrete result.
“I enjoy seeing the fruits of one’s efforts,” Miner, 63, said. “Like the environment projects at Lake Tahoe — we know we’re getting good things done for the lake.”
As commissioner, Miner said one of his major accomplishments is helping to get the Douglas County master plan passed in 1996 after years and millions of dollars worth of delay.
“It established the future blueprint for Douglas County in a variety of areas and provided a fairness and equality of rules,” Miner said. “We’ve been seeing the most positive results the last five years or so.”
But what are the issues today?
“The issues continue to be the diversification of economy so we’re not as dependent on success of tourism,” he said. “Increasing new sources for revenue by bringing in new stores. Keeping taxes low, creating better, higher paying jobs and to maintain our environment and preserve open space in the greenbelt throughout Douglas County.”
For eight years, Miner has been the Douglas County representative on the Governing Board of the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency, where he is chairman of the Environmental Improvement Program committee, a $1.5 billion effort to preserve Lake Tahoe.
“My role continues to be active at TRPA to preserve private property rights, seek fairness but preserve Lake Tahoe,” Miner said. “A more rational approach as opposed to a dictatorial abuse of private property rights.”
It is important for basin residents to be represented on the TRPA Governing Board, said Miner, who lives on Kingsbury Grade.
“Only three members of the Governing Board are elected locally and live locally,” he said. “There is a tremendous pressure from the outside world to make Tahoe what they think it should be. It takes aggressive local folks to protect property rights in the basin.”
Miner also serves on the board of the Tahoe-Douglas and Lake Tahoe visitor authorities, and the board of the Douglas County Chamber of Commerce.
As a private citizen, he was the founding president of neighborhood crime watch groups and Secret Witness, which gives cash for crime tips, at South Shore. He organized the installation of an innovative water treatment system at Skyland, and helped establish the American Century Celebrity Golf Championship at Tahoe Edgewood Golf Course, entering its 14th year.
“I want (voters) to know the results of the last eight years truly speak for themselves,” Miner said. “Lower taxes, implementation of environmental projects helping to restore and save Lake Tahoe, bringing on new retail opportunity in Douglas County, and that my passion for results and common sense approach are as high as ever.”
The district for the Douglas County commission seat represents the area from Lake Tahoe to Genoa. The county has five commissioners.
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