Supervisor Upton won’t seek re-election |

Supervisor Upton won’t seek re-election

Greg Risling

John Upton confirmed Tuesday he will not seek a third term as District 5 supervisor in El Dorado County.

Upton has been leaning against defending his seat against opponents for several months and there many reasons for his decision, which included having to overturn term limits. In a statement released on Tuesday, Upton said his commitment as president of the California State Association of Counties and District 5 supervisor is enough of a load.

“This has been a difficult decision, especially coming as it does at a time when I am enjoying the duties of the job more than I ever have,” he said. “Looking to the future, however, I have concluded it is time for me to step down.”

David Solaro, South Lake Tahoe police chief, is the only candidate to publicly announce his intention to run for the seat in the June election. Margo Osti, a city council member, has also considered moving up the political chain.

With Upton’s local political career coming to an end, he said his future has a range of possibilities.

“I am ready to seek new opportunities in either private, nonprofit or other public-sector employment,” he added. “Particularly, I intend to pursue my intense interest in restoring rationality to the structure and processes of government …”

Upton has served in public office over the last 24 years. He has been treasurer for the city of South Lake Tahoe, a Lake Tahoe Unified School District board member and county supervisor. He was elected to represent District 5 in 1990 and was re-elected in November, 1994.

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