Outlining their positions and qualifications for the job are the eight candidates running to be a member of the board of supervisors in District 4.
Scott McNeil describes himself as a veteran, small business owner and elected member of the local community services district. “More importantly, I’m a husband and father,” he said. McNeil says he has been a volunteer with Big Brothers/Sisters, the Design Review Committee and the Cameron Park Community Services District.
“I’m running to protect the quality of life we all enjoy,” he said. “As your supervisor, you have my complete commitment to work on solving problems: creating jobs in a struggling economy; balancing our rural heritage with pressure for housing; preserving water quality and availability; and protecting our communities from crime. I love El Dorado County, but business as usual is just not working. To fix it, we don’t need more government acronyms or reports, we need common-sense solutions.”
Tim Palmer, 53, teaches history at his local high school and political science at Sierra College and has served on different boards and committees besides helping out in the community. Claiming he is not obligated to any special interests, he said, “I care a great deal about good government, but I don’t care much for politics. Government should work for the people and be transparent, responsive and helpful. I am fiscally conservative and will work to reduce overregulation. We have some common needs: keeping our roads maintained and our communities safe. El Dorado County needs long-range planning that encourages economic growth while retaining our rural quality of life … Together we can keep our county debt free, improve our economy and preserve the rural lifestyle we all enjoy.”
Lori Parlin, 50, said that “actions speak louder than words. How often have you voted for a candidate based on their words, but once in office their actions don’t match their words? It’s time for that to stop. I have devoted the past several years advocating for growth that matches existing communities, transparency in government, and processes that are more inclusive of the general public. When I talk to El Dorado County residents, they tell me they choose to live here because of our quality of life.”
Parlin went on to say that “my campaign has not included financial support from larger donors, but grassroots support from concerned citizens. As Supervisor of District 4, I will honor the wishes fo the people and work to preserve our quality of life in El Dorado County.”
Howard Penn‘s statement began by noting, “We have arrived at a critical crossroad — our rural way of life is in jeopardy. Influential developers are lobbying to build 33,000 more homes in El Dorado County. It is estimated that development of this magnitude will cost taxpayers $600 million in road improvements and will redirect $100 million of our gas tax revenue away from repairing our local roads. Why is this much housing even being considered when there already isn’t enough water for our current residents?”
Penn said he’s working on a ballot measure to prevent this amount of growth and says that if elected, he would work to reduce traffic congestion and the road fees that are subsidizing large housing developments. “We need to plan within the limits of our available road and water resources and plan for more jobs — not massive housing subdivisions,” he said.
Michael Pettibone, 46, said he has been a resident of the county for 39 years and a small business owner who started his first business in 1990. “I believe, as supervisor, I can and will make a difference in our county’s future,” he said. His community service activities include Kiwanis, Jeepers Jamboree, Junior Livestock Auction, 4-H, Placerville Drive Business Association, California Farm Bureau, Boys and Girls Club of the Western Slope, MORE, Sheriff’s Posse, EDC Sheriff’s Citizens Academy and Marshall Medical Foundation.
“Throughout my life I have proven that I have the integrity, creativity, energy and passion to make a difference through leadership,” he said. “Coupled with my broad foundation of real experiences in both life and business and the willingness to listen to yours, I believe together, we can and will make a difference in El Dorado County.”
Winston Pingrey said he grew up in Riverside and moved to Cameron Park in 2000. His work experience includes four years in the Navy and 27 years working for the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department. He has an associate’s degree in Police Science, a bachelor’s degree and a law degree. He instructed at Riverside Community College, Regional Occupation law enforcement classes, and has a Private Investigator and Security License. He was previously on the board of the Buckeye Union School District for 12 years and is now chairman of the El Dorado County School Boards Association. Pingrey said he wants to maintain the prestigious beauty of the county while promoting small business, creating jobs and educational opportunities.
“We are facing major issues which will define what El Dorado County will be,” he said. “I promise to listen to your concerns, get all the facts, and be your voice.”
Mike Ranalli says he has lived in District 4 for 30 years and has spent 40 successful years in the business sector, including 22 years with Intel Corp. “We need a strong and diverse local economy that supports jobs for people who live here and housing that is affordable for people who work here,” he said. “I will work hard to preserve our rural lifestyle and secure our future with more jobs, quality schools, better roads and sufficient funding for our law enforcement and fire districts … I have led the fight to get government out of the way of small business owners, worked to reduce burdensome regulations, worked for local control and offered solutions to help our local economy.”
Ranalli said he currently is on the board of the Taxpayers Association of El Dorado County, the EDC Economic Development Advisory Committee, EDC Regulatory Reform Subcommittee, Divide Chamber of Commerce, and EDC Wine Grape Growers Association.
Dave Souza, 57, said his career history with the Placer County Sheriff’s Department in conjunction with years as a fire board director in El Dorado County “exposes my administrative and leadership abilities in employee and program oversight and budget analysis.” Souza said as a strong opponent of tax increases, he worked diligently to keep the fire department within budget and was instrumental in obtaining two Homeland Security grants for firefighting equipment and additional staffing.
“I know that future budgets will decline, requiring us to do more with less,” he said. Souza said he has been campaigning since 2011 and is at gatherings several times a week “listening and learning what is important to El Dorado County residents. I will take these things to heart and will do all I can to promote economic independence, public safety and the preservation of our natural resources and agricultural heritage.”
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