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From page A1 | January 29, 2014 | 32 Comments

Since last week some additional people have signed up to run for office in the upcoming election.

Taking out papers to run against incumbent Auditor-Controller Joe Harn is Mike Owen, a CPA from Cameron Park.

In addition, two new people have decided to run for Supervisor in District 5. They are Kenny Curtzwiler, a businessman from South Lake Tahoe, and Teresa Piper, a retail clerk from Pollock Pines.

They will join Gerri Grego (project manager), Sue Novasel (businesswoman) and Angela Swanson (city council member) all of whom are from the South Lake Tahoe area and are also running for District 5 Supervisor.

In other races, no new candidates have announced in the past week.

Nine people are running for Supervisor in District 4 including: Scott McNeil (Board member CPCSD — Cameron Park), Tim Palmer (educator — Cool), Mike Pettibone (businessman — Shingle Springs), Michael Ranalli (businessman — Lotus), Dave Souza (rancher — Garden Valley), Winston Pingrey (private investigator — Shingle Springs), Howard Penn (businessman — Coloma), Lori Parlin (community activist — Shingle Springs) and Mike Maruniak (operating engineer — Placerville).

Candidates for Superior Court Judge, Office 1, are Vicki Ashworth, David Combellack and Joseph Weinberger. In Office 3, the sole candidate for Superior Court Judge is Suzanne Kingsbury. In Office 4, the sole candidate for Superior Court Judge is Steven Bailey. Candidates for Superior Court Judge, Office 5, are Joseph Hoffman and Dylan Mary Sullivan. For Superior Court Judge, Office 6, the sole candidate is James Robert Wagoner.

Running for reelection as incumbents for county positions are Jeremy Meyers for Superintendent of Schools, Karl Weiland for Assessor, Joe Harn for Auditor-Controller, Vern Pierson for District Attorney, Bill Schultz for Recorder-Clerk, John D’Agostini for Sheriff-Coroner-Public Administrator, Rich Briner for Surveyor and C.L. Raffety for Treasurer-Tax Collector.

Running for Lieutenant Governor is Bogdan “Bo” Ambrozewicz. Jason Mallory, a writer/journalist from South Lake Tahoe, and Kris Johnson, an engineer living in Granite Bay, are running for U.S. Representative, 4th District, against incumbent Tom McClintock.

Contact Dawn Hodson at 530-344-5071 or dhodson@mtdemocrat.net. Follow @DHodsonMtDemo on Twitter.

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Discussion | 32 comments

  • Phil VeerkampJanuary 28, 2014 - 8:26 pm

    Call me, Mike. Let's coffee?

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  • VernJanuary 29, 2014 - 4:36 am

    NO SPECIAL SKILLS REQUIRED: There’s got to be someone out there to run against Bill Schultz Recorder-Clerk/Elections Officer. The office runs it self, Shultz is going too retire anyway after the election because of a recent pay cut of 20% which takes place shortly after the election. This will allow the current political machine to appoint who they want in this sensitive Elections Officer position to fill his remaining years, saying it will save the tax payers the cost of a special election. The appointee will almost be guaranteed reelection... and the salaries not bad at about 155 K plus great benefits even with the 20% cut.

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  • John StevensJanuary 29, 2014 - 7:33 am

    Just wondering if Ray Nutting and George Osborne met with Mr. Owen, as they did with other local CPA's, to not only ask Mr. Owen to run for Auditor-Controller but with promises to fully fund his campaign? For those who don't know, Dan Dellinger, who also happens to have issues with Harn, is Osborne's long-time renter or forever house guest. Google Dellinger's name for the rest of the story. Nothing necessarily wrong if such a meeting contributed to Mr. Owen's decision to run. However, my advice for Mr. Owen, be careful of the motives of some of your soon-to-be new friends. It would be a shame if you allow them to use you and your campaign as a tool to execute personal political payback.

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  • Mike OwenFebruary 02, 2014 - 9:53 am

    Thanks for your concern Mr. Stevens. I am not tied to the folks that were mentioned in your post for finances, promises or any agendas. I am running for Auditor-Controller for the simple reason of participating in a healthy experiment in democracy. The short answer is: Should the citizens of El Dorado County be able to choose their Auditor-Controller? At this point, appearances indicate that long-term incumbency does not lend itself to transparency in government. I have the skills and qualifications and the fortitude to run. Thanks in advance for your support!

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  • EvelynFebruary 02, 2014 - 10:01 am

    ". . . with promises to fully fund his campaign"? I think you're making it up, "John Stevens".

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  • EvelynFebruary 02, 2014 - 10:04 am

    Mike Owens: Thanks for throwing your hat in the ring.

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  • EvelynFebruary 02, 2014 - 10:16 am

    . . . Oops. No "s" ....... Mike OWEN.

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  • Vigor MortisFebruary 02, 2014 - 10:42 am

    Just wondering if VPierson or S Claybourne met with JHarn, as they did with other local CPA's, to not only make sure JHarn ran again for Auditor-Controller but with promises to fully fund his campaign? For those who don't know, SClaybourne, who also happens to have issues, is rumored to be VPierson’s long-time amigo.

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  • Phil VeerkampFebruary 02, 2014 - 11:17 am

    Vigor Mortis, nail on head. WOW! - Yes, more rumor needed in politics -

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  • Phil VeerkampFebruary 02, 2014 - 11:19 am

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  • R SmithJanuary 29, 2014 - 9:47 am

    Old Joe is likely to have been one of the best and most knowledgeable Auditor/Controller this county has ever had. However, he has become too mentally unstable to continue.

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  • B JonesJanuary 29, 2014 - 11:51 am

    Any particular axe to grind there Mr Smith?

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  • R SmithJanuary 29, 2014 - 1:39 pm

    The ax belongs to Joe and he's been grinding it for many years

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  • B JonesJanuary 29, 2014 - 2:14 pm

    R Smith, didn't Harn put your panties in a bunch a while back? Something regarding a the Garden Valley Fire District board you were on. Are you denying it now?

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  • R SmithJanuary 29, 2014 - 3:12 pm

    Only if you really knew BJ

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  • B JonesJanuary 29, 2014 - 3:33 pm

    Yes he did. You're the one who hire a drunk and authorized paying him $200,000 a year. And then he went on permanent disability. Did you perform any due diligence when you hired the guy? No? Because it wasn't your money right. And now you are playing the ignorant rube. Or maybe you're not playing at all. Harn did his job and now you want him replaced. Let me see Dan Dillinger is the Treasurer of the CRA would he make a fine replacement R Smith? You would like that wouldn't you. He's YOUR kind of guy.

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  • R SmithJanuary 29, 2014 - 5:33 pm

    Well BJ you are right. I did, at the insistence of your patriarch, old Joe, serve a four year term on the fireboard. The rest of your comments are so totally wrong they must have come from white house. I will stack up my term on the board with anyone’s, as it harbors no shame. Those who know me and know of my service on the board are likely thinking you are either misinformed or an idiot. Argue not with an idiot lest you be the bigger idiot. Having found wisdom in that statement, you have a nice day, whether you deserve it or not.

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  • B JonesJanuary 29, 2014 - 6:16 pm

    Well your a legend in your own mind Smith. As far as no shame while you were on the board? It kinda does. For you are a moron's moron.

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  • RichJanuary 29, 2014 - 5:57 pm

    R SmithDecember 22, 2013 - 5:57 Evidently I have been drinking dirty water, breathing polluted air, eating genetically engineered food and sucking up all the carcinogens available for all my life. I’m 73.

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  • Devin DionneJanuary 29, 2014 - 10:26 am

    Well...I wish Ms. Piper good luck...really nice family. Hopefully all these candidates COME to the Pollock Pines Camino Community Center to introduce themselves...since we are in the district they are running for. I also look to who is serious about listening to ALL the residents in our community...and not just the "elite" group. There are many people who have not been represented in Pollock Pines/Camino/Cedar Grove...I hope they get their change to speak. At the original CEDAPP sponsored "visionings"- some were not even allowed to participate. Which of these people support the constitution? Which of these people have the courage to stand against the ideas of Smart growth (an idea from the 21st century UN document.) Most important--who has the guts to stand up for the people in our community and not just Tahoe?. Lawsuits are going up across America on these "community Plans"--Who cares enough to listen to the whole community? To focus on our children, our vets, and our seniors. Who is strong enough to make nonprofits up here accountable? come introduce yourselves...all in one place..sponsor yourselves. Just call the community office ask to rent the hall--and invite all the candidates...it is very inexpensive to do this yourselves---and the respect for doing so--priceless. From dist. 5...we will be waiting.

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  • Gerri GregoJanuary 29, 2014 - 7:11 pm

    Dionne, you are absolutely right that the candidates need to reach out to the people of Pollock Pines. Apparently we have not yet met, but I have been to several events in the Camino-Pollock Pines area. Just some of the events include a fundraiser for seniors, the Christmas Party at the Community Center, a CEDAPP meeting, MLK Community Cleanup Day, meetings with individuals and groups. Sorry I missed you. If you would like to get together you can reach me through my website at gerriforsupervisor.com.

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  • Fran DuchampFebruary 02, 2014 - 10:39 am

    Gerri Grego...I met you last night...thank you for coming to support our kids in baseball. I know it may seem I only focus on people running from where I live, they are friends--however I honor anyone going through the process to be elected. I have read up on your personal work in the Tahoe community--so I understand that you know "gaming" and tourism for your space...ours is different.. I hope that you understand...sometimes people here feel that we are not listened to. and some feel part of the problem is that the person representing us lives 50 miles away. I for one, look forward to hearing all the candidates speak...including the ones down the hill. Because when I go before the BOS five people are voting for my space...so all five matter. Again much respect.

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  • Teresa PiperJanuary 30, 2014 - 12:10 am

    Thanks for mentioning my family. I have owned my home in Pollock Pines for over 20 years and I am aware of the issues here. I pledge to not only know the issues and listen to everyone but to offer solutions that will work. I am anything but a yes person. Please feel free to contact me my phone number is listed.

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  • Vigor MortisJanuary 29, 2014 - 6:27 pm

    B Jones loses 10 points for using the moron argument; feeble debating skills. Go back to Square One and start over. Save the insult. Unless that's your only card.

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  • Fran DuchampFebruary 02, 2014 - 10:28 am

    District 5 may have yet another candidate running from Pollock Pines...another well known family up here..The Browns..Kevin Brown announced that he will be running for sup up here. He told us at the Little league fundraiser. Gerri Grego was also in attendance...along with Ms. Piper. dylan sullivan --who my grandson adores (he came running in this morning asking if she was there...and if she asked about him--which she had.<--he may be in love ♥) As I said...some powerful voices were there. Once again I am suggesting that these candidates up and down the hill get together and have "a meet and greet" with the people of Pollock. Because of her work with children..and the easiness of her personality--Dylan was a huge hit with the folks last night. I think she would make a perfect judge. Good luck to all the people who are running for supervisor...and thank you to the ones who are coming to our tiny place to meet us. Pollock Pines Camino Community Center is a neutral...non government run...beautiful center (and it doesnt hurt that it is dirt cheap to rent ♥) many very important voices throughout its history have come up to causally sit down and talk over the "issues" of the day. come play with us.

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  • Kevin BrownFebruary 07, 2014 - 3:00 pm

    Thank you for the recognizing myself and family. I am honored to run for the chance to represent District 5. It is my goal to unite the District, not divide it. I will be the collective voice for all at the Board. I wish all those running the best.

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  • Fran DuchampFebruary 03, 2014 - 1:59 pm

    Who is backed or plays with anyone from the El dorado County Chamber? The chamber, in this paper, (printed version) took out an ad..telling people to not sign petitions...apparently they feel you can not read and decide on your own. Many petitions are to allow that item the right to be on a ballot--doesnt mean you support it...or voted on it. It allows the issue to appear on the ballot-- for all voters in el Dorado County to decide--on their own what to vote for.. Pleaseee watch who your candidates "play" with...listen to what some of these people feel you are not capable of doing on your own. Small groups deciding for "the good of the whole?" <-----really...I think it is for the good of their pocketbooks. Read a petition--decide for yourselves. Better yet...run a petition for a group--to show you support our freedom to even run one without being shot. Why is this group so afraid of the issue of putting development to the people? I havent even seen the petition...and im still angry that someone even suggest I dont do something--because they said so...come on. Anyone have a petition on issues that want to be on ballot...I will run it up here for you...just because.

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  • Fran DuchampFebruary 04, 2014 - 1:06 pm

    Does everyone remember this from the end of last year...Why Are El Dorado County Campaign Mailings Coming From A County-Owned Address? "CBS13 tracked down who is behind that political action committee. Documents with the state connect the group to area developer Parker Development Group. But the address clearly listed on the ad is 542 Main Street in Placerville. That’s the Chamber of Commerce, which is housed in a county-owned building. The chamber is getting a steal of a deal, paying $1 a year for a five-year lease." Kind of explains why they are saying no to petitions fighting for staying "rural." Parker Development ...enough said. "The chamber director says she’s reaching out to the chamber’s attorneys for a legal opinion on the chamber’s close ties to the county, and what’s becoming a controversial campaign. Neither candidate backed by the PAC was available for on-camera interviews." El Dorado County Chamber of Commerce "PAC" committee backed by developers. Please pay attention to who is backing your candidate. http://tinyurl.com/meyxm2f

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  • Fran DuchampFebruary 04, 2014 - 1:15 pm

    The PAC’s Board of Directors consists of representatives of businesses small and large from various industries who are appointed by the Chamber’s Board of Directors. Its members are Chairman Kirk Bone, Secretary Mark Luster, Treasurer Gordon Helm, Mike Kobus, Kimberly Beal, Brian Jensen, and Laurel Brent-Bumb. Gordon Helm is also CEDAC (LUPPU), Kimberly beal--real estate, Land Use Consulting. Brian is Regional Vice President of the Hospital Council for the Sacramento-Sierra, Stanislaus-Merced, and San Joaquin-Mother Lode sections. He brings extensive experience working with elected and civic leaders to his role at the Hospital Council. He was previously Government Relations Consultant for Pacific Gas and Electric’s Sacramento and Sierra divisions. Prior to that, he was District Director in the District Office of House Republican Conference Secretary John T. Doolittle. and Laurel Brent-Bumb (the one seeking a lawyer to see if it was okay to send out the flyers.) http://www.mtdemocrat.com/news/eid-election-heats-up/

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  • Fran DuchampFebruary 04, 2014 - 1:25 pm

    http://www.inedc.com/1-6540 County Counsel Opines - Joe Harn is Wrong! How much does the Chamber rent the building for? They backed out of this...then take a whole ad out telling people the state will take over? Everyone has the right to petition to get something on ballot. Once it is on ballot--people can become more aware of the issues by reading...many may still not know that a small group of people (follow the names) are deciding for the rest of us. I have no problem with an issue on the ballot--being chased by "no" or "yes." But to try and stop it from going on a ballot... is un American and it is wrong. I hope with all my heart that no one in education is teaching my grandson anything different. some of the candidates are also connected to our schools--please watch and listen.

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  • Fran DuchampFebruary 07, 2014 - 4:20 pm

    Kevin--you have a family to be proud of. and I honestly (from my heart) wish you and your family the best...this race will include them all. But then- you and your family having been a family unit at most fundraisers and support in this county..in Pollock. and people know that.

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  • Fran DuchampMarch 08, 2014 - 10:17 am

    Kevin Brown is having a fund raiser tomorrow at our Pollock Pines Camino Community Center Spaghetti Feed Fundraiser March 9 @ 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm | $15.00 directions link http://www.brownforfive.com/event/spaghetti-feed-fund-raiser/ Come out and support Kevin Brown for a good old fashioned, family Spaghetti Feed. Tickets are $15 per person. Kids 12 and under free. Raffle tickets and “Opportunity Drawing”. Come up or down the hill and meet Kevin and his family. The "supervisor" of this county is an important position ...get to know all the candidates--hear what they have to say. Candidates--go meet people in other places. Five people form the BOS--five people decide for all. Good luck to the Browns tomorrow.

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