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Ted Long to run for supervisor

A few South Shore policymakers have considered running in the June primary against Norma Santiago, who won a seat on the El Dorado County board of supervisors in November with 33 percent of the vote.

The filing period begins Feb. 13 and ends March 10.

Aside from Santiago, only South Lake Tahoe Councilman Ted Long said he intends to run. The outspoken official published and sent out a newsletter around town updating residents as to the issues facing the city. Now the thought is he’d like to move on to more pressing ventures.

“I actually think I’d be more effective at the county,” Long said.

The first-time council member explained that he ran “on a platform to accomplish some things” and he feels he’s done all he can do on a city level. He said he wants to ensure the county follows through on the city business, including the joint-use government center and future of the Lake Tahoe Airport. Regarding the former, the county and city are working together with the Lake Tahoe Unified School District to build a proposed center to house all three entities.

“City hall could slip through us if someone like me doesn’t get on it (the county supervisor board),” Long said. “No one’s representing us.”

Lou Pierini, who ran against Santiago in November, offered a different perspective.

“I’m 110 percent behind Norma. I told her the night of the election that I think she deserves to run unopposed,” he said. “I would only run if she didn’t run or if she asked me to. I hope no one does. I like the job she’s doing.”

The county seat in the November election came open when former Supervisor Dave Solaro retired for health reasons and left the area. Santiago is completing that term. The winner of the June election will begin a new four-year term.

Santiago’s other opponent from November, Dennis Crabb, is also leaning toward not re-running.

“They say ‘never say never’ in this business, but it’s highly unlikely that I’ll run again. I’ve just taken on commitments that would make it difficult for me to,” he said, describing the sequence of events as “doors close, doors open.”

Longtime former City Councilman Tom Davis said some people have nudged him to run for the county supervisor seat. His response is: “I don’t know. It’s too premature, too early to tell. I’m going to give (Santiago) the benefit of the doubt.”

South Lake Tahoe Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Duane Wallace said he’s also been asked. But he gave at least “five good reasons” why he would not consider running. They’re all related to his family, with the exception of a proposed chamber merger with the Tahoe Douglas Chamber of Commerce.

“The chamber is going through a transition now. It wouldn’t be appropriate for me to step away from what’s going to be a complicated and arduous process,” he said. “And I love what I’m doing.”

City Councilwoman Kathay Lovell has also declined to be in the race. She plans to run again for a city council seat in November. Councilman John Upton has also passed on the county seat. He’s served there for eight years.

It’s unclear whether Santiago’s third opponent in the November race would run again. Stephen Reinhard was unavailable for comment Wednesday. The activist was one of two of the four candidates who has submitted the last round of campaign disclosures for last November’s race. He reported contributions as $84 for the period from Oct. 23 and Nov. 7. Expenditures came in at $415. That brings Reinhard’s total respective disclosures to $905.29 and $1,147.29, the lowest amount reported out of the four candidates.

Pierini and Crabb’s campaign statements have not been received by the elections department. They are due with a postmark of Jan. 31.

Santiago reported $2,340 in contributions and $2,697 in expenditures for the period. These figures bring her totals to $10,888 and $10,320, respectively.

Who’s running … and who’s not

El Dorado County Supervisor District 5 Race

Contenders in June Primary

— Norma Santiago (current supervisor) – intends to run

— Ted Long (South Lake Tahoe Councilman) – intends to run

— Dennis Crabb (ran for seat last Nov.) – highly unlikely

— Lou Pierini (ran for seat last Nov.) – probably not

— Tom Davis (former South Lake Tahoe Councilman) – don’t know

— Duane Wallace (South Lake Tahoe Chamber of Commerce executive director) – no

— John Upton (South Lake Tahoe Councilman) – no

— Kathay Lovell (South Lake Tahoe Councilwoman) – no

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