Three file candidacy for Douglas County school board’s lake seat |

Three file candidacy for Douglas County school board’s lake seat

William Ferchland

Three people have filed for candidacy for the seat representing Lake Tahoe on the Douglas County School District Board of Trustees.

Terese Finlay, Lawrence Howell and Cindy Trigg will compete for one of the four seats up for election this year. John Louritt, president of the board, will run unopposed for the Area 4 seat.

Finlay, 29, is a substitute teacher in Douglas County who also runs a home tutoring business called Complete Learning. She has lived at South Shore for three years and has an undergraduate degree in special education from the College of Charleston in South Carolina.

Finlay said she has worked in the public education system in Atlanta and other locations. She believes her age is an advantage for a board filled with professionals and retirees. Finlay said she will represent a “voice for future children in the county.”

She believes the special education programs in Douglas County need modification and expansion.

Howell, 38, has lived in Douglas County for 12 years, 10 at Stateline. He works in Minden as the executive director and chief operating officer of Rite of Passage, which operates programs for 900 at-risk youth and several residential programs and schools.

Although Howell is a member of several organizations – including Douglas Parks and Recreation Commission, Tahoe Douglas Chamber of Commerce Board and China Springs Youth Camp Advisor Board – he said he will have the time to be on the board of trustees. His term with the park and recreation commission ends this year and his position with China Springs Youth Camp doesn’t meet often.

Howell is a parent with his first son entering Zephyr Cove Elementary School as a kindergartner next school year.

Trigg, 49, has lived at Lake Tahoe since 1989. Her son, Matt, graduated from Whittell High School last June and is a freshman at the University of Nevada.

Trigg and her husband run their own real estate business, managing rental properties.

Trigg said she wanted to give back to the school district after her son graduated. One thing she would like to see is a flexibility in rules, such as allowing the band and cheerleaders on the field for a soccer game. This year Whittell’s homecoming lacked a band because it’s football program was eliminated.

She worked on the Wesley Clark presidential campaign and is on leave as a flight attendant for American Airlines due to a car accident.

The Area 3 seat has been held by attorney George Echan for six years. He is not seeking re-election, he said, to allow others the chance to run.

In 2000, Echan defeated Bill Laughlin by about 100 votes.

Candidates for the Carson Valley seats include:

n Ron Beck, Veronica Hulsey and Loren Orr for the Johnson Lane territory in Area 1 in Minden. Incumbent David Brady is not seeking re-election.

n Eric Eakin and Teri Jamin for Area 5, which includes Sheridan Acres and part of the Gardnerville Ranchos. Incumbent Don Forrester is not seeking re-election.

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