Supervisor race begins: Long, Crabb, Pierini eye position on county seat
Three people have filed intent-to-run papers at the county elections office for this fall’s race to fill a seat on the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors left vacant by Dave Solaro last month.
South Lake Tahoe City Councilmember Ted Long, businessman Lou Pierini, and lawyer and business improvement district architect Dennis Crabb have all filed preliminary papers allowing them to begin raising money.
The deadline to file is Aug. 12.
Long said he is not certain he will run, but he wanted to file papers so he could start raising money. Long said he has raised $26,000 so far. Crabb said he has gathered $5,000.
Crabb said he wants to be a part of decision making as the community enters the Pathway 2007 process and the county implements its new 20-year plan.
“Those decisions are going to set the tone and the pace and the quality of life in El Dorado County for the next generation,” Crabb said.
Crabb also wants to focus on issues specific to District 5, such as snow removal, traffic, quality of life and affordable housing.
Crabb said he hopes to “make sure Tahoe receives its fair share of county resources.”
He wants to reignite the Meyers roundtable, finish instituting Measure S, and help relocate Tahoe Wildlife Care.
He also wants to help make changes at the TRPA with the board seat that comes with the job.
Long said he wants to form a united front between South Lake Tahoe and the county to solve three major problems for the city: the airport, highway congestion and providing the city a city hall.
“My goals are a working airport, a new civic center, restoration of some of our social programs and a strong voice in Placerville for the Tahoe Valley, which we’ve never had,” Long said.
He said a group of 50 people approached him, encouraging him to run, but emphasized his mind is not made up as to whether he will.
Pierini said he’s concerned about bringing jobs back to South Lake Tahoe and increasing enrollment at schools. He also hopes to improve roads and infrastructure, and keep a handle on redevelopment.
He hopes to bring up more county jobs from over the hill.
“South Shore has 23 percent of the population and only 11 percent of the county jobs,” Pierini said.
“I will be adamantly against putting every property up for grabs for redevelopment,” he said.
Pierini is one of three plaintiff’s in a lawsuit against the city regarding the business improvement district.
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