Santiago officially declared winner: Supervisor-elect will be sworn in Dec. 6 in Tahoe |

Santiago officially declared winner: Supervisor-elect will be sworn in Dec. 6 in Tahoe

Amanda Fehd


Norma Santiago won the Nov. 8 election for El Dorado County supervisor by 217 votes, according to final results certified by county Registrar Bill Schultz on Friday.

Santiago received 33 percent of the vote, edging out attorney Dennis Crabb, who received 30 percent. Businessman Lou Pierini fetched 28 percent of votes, while 7 percent cast ballots for mobile notary Stephen Reinhard.

Roughly 7,000 absentee ballots from around the county were counted after election night on Nov. 8. Absentee ballots can be turned in at any precinct or the election office until 8 p.m. of election day, but cannot be counted until signatures are checked.

All other results from the election remained unchanged, including the school board election and the two snow removal initiatives, both of which failed. In the school board race, incumbent Wendy David and parent Angela Swanson were both elected to the board.

Santiago will serve the last year of former Supervisor Dave Solaro’s term. Solaro moved to South Carolina this summer.

An election next June will decide who will serve the next term for supervisor.

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Santiago said she will be on next June’s ballot. Former opponent Pierini said as long as she is running, he will not be on the ballot.

“Give Norma a shot of more than a year,” Pierini said. “I think she’s got some fresh ideas. The people spoke.”

Crabb called Santiago on Friday to congratulate her on her win. He did not say whether he would run again next summer.

“I’ll be meeting with my campaign committee to analyze the results and to determine what the future holds,” Crabb said Friday.

Reinhard could not be reached for comment.

Santiago will be sworn in at the Board of Supervisors meeting at 10 a.m. on Dec. 6, at the South Lake Tahoe City Council chambers, by judge Suzanne Kingsbury.

The supervisor-elect has been busy meeting with the other four county supervisors and county department heads as well as the Governing Board of the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency, on which she will hold one of 15 seats.

She is committed to accountability, accessibility, and building a bridge between the community and TRPA, she said.

“Once again, I cannot express how honored I am by this outpouring of support from the people of District 5,” Santiago said Friday after hearing the final results.

“I am humbled by it and I am committed to continue the work we started with the campaign. As a result of building relationships between the city and county and TRPA, we will come to realize public policy that is mutually beneficial.”

Of 16,111 registered voters in El Dorado County’s District 5 – the Tahoe portion of the county – 41 percent, or 6,671, came to the polls Nov. 8. About 41 percent of those who voted did so by absentee ballot.