Solaro in race for supervisor
One is out and one is in. One is leaning in favor and one won’t comment. Then there is the question of term limits.
And, the race hasn’t officially begun.
The race for Tahoe’s supervisorial seat in El Dorado County is shaping up with the nomination period beginning on Monday. South Lake Tahoe Police Chief Dave Solaro plans to announce his candidacy tonight, Feb. 6, at the Fresh Ketch Restaurant from 5 to 7 p.m. Solaro didn’t want to reveal any of his plans prior to the announcement but said none of his campaigning will be on the city’s time.
“I don’t want that misconception from the outset,” Solaro said. He has taken out papers for in-lieu signatures, which would free him from a filing fee. Solaro hasn’t decided whether he will solicit signatures from the community.
South Lake Tahoe City Council member Margo Osti would only say she is “seriously considering” the option. Her council term does expire in December and she has received numerous calls of support from residents.
“I’ve had many people call me since the last Tribune article,” Osti added. “There are a lot of issues like time commitment to consider. I am concerned, however, with the lack of results in our district.”
Osti’s council cohort Kevin Cole said last Friday he will not put his name on the June ballot. Cole wanted to focus on basin objectives and didn’t want to sacrifice his real estate career nor his free time with his family in exchange for the full-time position.
The incumbent, John Upton, hasn’t confirmed if he will seek another term. Upton is finishing up his second term but could contest county law limiting supervisors to two terms. The law was passed after Upton was elected to office.
Upton said in a phone interview last Wednesday that he hasn’t made a final decision. He was in Sacramento on Thursday and couldn’t be reached for comment.
Upton’s appointee to the county’s Charter Committee, David Kurtzman, didn’t want to respond whether he will run for the public post.
Kurtzman currently sits as president for the Lake Tahoe Unified School District.
So far, Solaro is the only candidate who has approached the county’s Elections Department.
The deadline to file for the District 5 seat is Friday, March 6.
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