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Soloro wins election outright

Christina Proctor

Dave Solaro won the El Dorado County supervisor’s race with 58.6 percent of the vote Tuesday. South Lake Tahoe City Councilwoman Margo Osti finished with 31.8 percent and local businessman Dan Browne garnered 9.5 percent.

With 40 percent of the precincts reporting in and 56.1 percent of the vote secured around 11 p.m., Solaro wasn’t ready then to make any victory speeches.

“I’m remembering Dewey and Truman,” Solaro said during an election party at his home. “Having never run for public office before this is different.”

Solaro waited Tuesday for the final results surrounded by family and friends. Solaro finished with 2,062 votes, Osti had 1,120, and Browne had 336.

“I won’t be going to sleep tonight until I know,” Solaro said earlier. He could finally call it a night around 1 a.m. Wednesday morning when 100 percent of the votes were tallied.

Solaro will be replacing Supervisor John Upton, who took office in 1990 and is finishing his eighth and final year in the position. Solaro will be officially sworn in on the first business day in January.

Solaro said he plans to retire as South Lake Tahoe police and fire chief to be a full-time supervisor.

“I will have a full-time office in South Lake Tahoe and maintain my website,” Solaro said. “I’m concerned about public safety and housing for seniors and the disabled. I intend to represent everyone regardless of who they supported in the election. Probably the most important person to listen to is the private citizen.”

The election also held some special moments for Solaro. His youngest son, Jon, 19, home for summer break from college, voted for the first time Tuesday.

“We voted as a family, and hopefully he voted for me,” Solaro said with a smile.

Browne said he won’t try to run again, but was happy with his campaign.

“I just went out to speak to some issues – the economy and how appointed officers have affected this town,” Browne said. “I thank all the people who listened and voted for me. I give my congratulations to Dave – now the hard work begins for him.”

Osti could not be reached for comment.

In a surprise upset in the El Dorado County supervisor race for West Slope District 4, newcomer Penny Humphreys beat incumbent Walt Shultz, winning 57.2 percent of the vote. Humphreys had 5,412 votes to Shultz’s 4,124.

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