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Supervisor finalists are neighbors

Neighbors in Mount Aukum might have some trouble baking a victory cake for the winner of the the El Dorado County District 2 supervisor election in November.

It could bear the name of either finalist because Helen Baumann and Ken Bush live on the same street.

Baumann took 36 percent of the votes in Tuesday’s primary and Bush received 27 percent. District 2 turnout was high at nearly 60 percent.

“I really believe that I can secure those votes,” Bush said of the remaining 37 percent left up for grabs with Ellen Day and Tom Mohach out of the running.

“It was a heck of a campaign,” Bush said.

“One thing I enjoyed in District 2 were the candidates who dealt with the issues rather than with personalities,” Bush said.

“I think people are looking for a change,” Baumann said of the outcome. “I think my personality and my ability to connect with people really showed. Even though I am a woman and I’m soft spoken, I can be aggressive when I want to be.”

Baumann plans to continue her dedication to the county budget, which she feels has been a campaign strength. She wants to see that her constituents will be fairly represented.

Bush thinks that the difference in candidate philosophies will create a clear distinction for the voters.

He is looking forward to November, but is pleased to have some time to regroup. Before the election, Bush hopes to become tuned in to issues that affect the Tahoe Basin.

“The basin is very important to the district and all too often it is neglected,” Bush said.

“I definitely will be spending a lot of time in Tahoe,” Baumann said. “There are great people there.”

Bush admitted that the county spends most of its time dealing with West Slope issues and wants to see that change. He favors the possibility of holding future discussions in the basin with Baumann.

Bush claims that he is the only candidate familiar with the basin.

“I was involved in Supervisor Nutting’s campaign in 1996, so I know the people,” he said. “I was hoping to see more people at the (Feb. 16) Meyers Roundtable.”

He added that at least 60 people attended meetings in Pollock Pines and Pleasant Valley.

Baumann said that there is validity to South Shore residents’ feelings of disregard. She has spoken with people in District 2 who have gone to Supervisor Sam Bradley for help because their issues were put aside.

Baumann looks forward to the possibility of sharing basin leadership with 5th District Supervisor Dave Solaro. She thinks that Districts 2 and 5 have a good chance of getting things accomplished for Tahoe.

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