Supervisor Nutting says farewell |

Supervisor Nutting says farewell

Tuesday marked the last El Dorado County Board of Supervisors meeting this year and the end of the eight-year career of the youngest elected supervisor.

District 2 Supervisor Ray Nutting said he’s proud of what he’s accomplished over his two terms and is looking forward to a life out of office for awhile.

“I firmly believe that you should have people who come into public office and serve and then get back into the public,” Nutting said. “At 40 years old it’s conceivable for me to run for the California State Assembly in the future, but right now, I don’t want to think about the future. I want to think about my ranch and my family.”

Nutting lives on a 160-acre ranch southeast of Placerville that has been in his family for five generations. With his three boys: Tyler and twins William and Clayton, Nutting said he intends to plant 35,000 ponderosa, cedar and Douglas fir trees.

“I want to work hard on my ranch so at the end of the day I can see what I’ve accomplished,” Nutting said. “In government it sometimes takes months and months or years and years to see the fruits of your labor.”

Nutting said there are quite a few projects he has spearheaded that have successfully come to fruition during his time.

He said he is proud of his part in organizing the Meyers Roundtable in 1994, which serves as a governing body for that area.

Nutting also vigorously campaigned for Measure H, which passed by a large margin in November. Measure H will allocate half of vehicle license fees to road maintenance next year.

“I’m really happy with Measure H,” Nutting said. “I would advocate that some of the first monies expended out of Measure H be for Tahoe roads.”

Nutting said he’s enjoyed working with many Tahoe organizations and people who have had the same visions of economic prosperity on the hill.

“The gondola and redevelopment demanded that the Board of Supervisors work with all the entities up in Tahoe,” Nutting said. “When I go up to Tahoe and see all those improvements, I can reflect that I had a hand in them.”

Through all the board’s accomplishments and the changes that have taken place in the county since Nutting took office in 1992, there are a few items he said he’ll have to leave unfinished.

One of those projects is a rest stop between Placerville and Kyburz, which Nutting said he hopes the new board will continue to pursue.

Nutting will turn the reins over to the newly elected District 2 Supervisor Helen Baumann, who he said will catch on quickly when the new board takes office in January.

“Helen Baumann is extremely bright and charismatic,” he said. “She will come up to speed quite easily.”

El Dorado County Supervisor Ray Nutting:

n Member of the Pony Express and has spent thousands of hours riding the Sierra Mountains on his horse Patches, even riding in the 1971 Wagon Train, which starts in the Tahoe Basin on the Nevada side and ends in Placerville.

n Father of three sons and a fifth-generation rancher.

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