Outlining their positions and qualifications for the job are the six candidates running to be a member of the Board of Supervisors in District Five.
Kevin Brown, 50, says he is a 16-year business owner and civic leader. “I am running for supervisor to unite our region to achieve our desired goals of a thriving economy, safe communities, and protecting our district’s pristine lakes, forests and rural communities. Being a community advocate, school board member, and business owner, I have learned that if we unite together and embrace bold solutions we can strengthen our communities.”
Brown said he has led or been a member of many organizations, including Kiwanis, county Chamber of Commerce, EDC Child Abuse Prevention Council, Boy Scout leader, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, board member of El Dorado Union High School, Past Master Hiram Lodge and has served on multiple economic development advisory committees. If elected he promises to “use the knowledge I gained to forge public-private partnerships with a range of business, philanthropic and nonprofit organizations through initiatives and other community efforts.”
Kenny Curtzwiler, 57, has lived and worked in South Lake Tahoe since 1977. He said what qualifies him for the job is commitment. “I have been married for 33 years, raised three children, owned a Tree Service and roofing company for 33 years, and served for 20 years in the Nevada Army National Guard where I retired a major.”
He said he is also accountable. “I have written an article as the Skibum for 18 years about what is happening in our community and the one thing I have always questioned is the accountability of our local agencies.” Curtzwiler said he is very active in the community both personally and professionally through his company where he provides labor, monetary donations and services to all local community fundraisers and events. “Think globally and act locally,” he said.
Gerri Grego, 62, promises as county supervisor, “I commit to protecting your taxpayers’ dollars and being responsive to you and your community. I understand how to run a successful business as I have been doing so for 16 years. I know how to balance a budget and live within it, solve problems with governmental and regulatory agencies and work with people with competing concerns. As a community leader, I bring my experience as past city General Plan member and planning commissioner. Currently I am a commissioner on the El Dorado County Commission on Aging … “As your supervisor, I will run District 5 like a business on a budget, protect your taxes and resources, and have an open door policy to hear your concerns. I will serve you with integrity, responsiveness and innovation.”
Sue Novasel, 58, said, “Our community is a special place. That’s why I’m running for the office of supervisor.” Having lived in South Lake Tahoe for over 35 years, Novasel is a businesswoman who has served for 10 years as an elected school board member for the Lake Tahoe Unified School District and as chair for the Meyers Roundtable Committee. “I know that experience matters,” she said, noting that, “I believe in strong leadership, fiscal responsibility, supporting public safety and strengthening our economy while protecting the environment.”
Novasel said she has served the community in different ways, including work on the Lakeview Commons project, is president of Soroptimist International of SLT, vice president of Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care, secretary of the SLT Wedding & Honeymoon Association and is a member of the Tahoe Chamber of Commerce and the Barton Foundation’s Community Advisory Committee.
Teresa Piper, 51, said District 5 is her home. “Having lived in Pollock Pines most of my life and having a home in South Lake Tahoe, I know this district,” she said. “I lived the glory days of Pollock Pines and South Lake Tahoe when Michigan-Cal lumber mill and casinos were in full force and employment was plenty … “With my leadership, strong research and problem-solving skills, I will work to restore our water origin rights to protect our recreation and agriculture, keep Highway 50 scenic yet improve services to attract more tourism dollars, and work to revitalize employment opportunities. With my tenacity and vision, these ideas can become a reality. I worked for a casino, the county and private business. Now everyday at work in a local supermarket, customers share their cares and concerns for their children, homes, jobs, and communities. As supervisor, I will provide strong representation for these individuals and you.”
Angela Swanson, 53, said, “Tahoe and Pollock Pines are gorgeous, special places. We are active, engaged, vibrant communities; it’s time we demand more from county government. We’ve had local successes. We know we can reach further. We’re done being the county’s afterthought. We can become that unique destination which shares distinctive town centers with protected natural wonders and outdoor opportunities. It’s time to focus on building a robust healthy economic base and restoring local pride. From our rutted roads to our inadequate broadband coverage to jobs creation, we expect county government’s attention and action. I take pride in our collaborative hard work which resulted in the $64.5 million school bond and $33 million in grants necessary to create an amazing school district. As your council member I helped spearhead the revitalization of Lakeview Commons. We’re now a local government that listens and encourages civic engagement.”
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