The six candidates running for the District 2 spot on the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors have filed statements that outline their qualifications as well as reasons for running.
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Jennifer Nutting, age 36, listed her occupation as a small business owner. Her qualifications include owing her own beauty salon for over nine years and 18 years of family business management experience. Her statement reads:
“I want to represent you on our county Board of Supervisors because we all deserve a clean county government where elected officials and department heads are made accountable to you for their actions or inactions. First, I want to create jobs for our struggling families by improving our business climate to attract new employers and encourage local residents to start up their own small businesses. Second, I want to protect our struggling family farms, ranches, orchards and vineyards to preserve open space. Third, I want to guard against wasteful spending — even if we must shift budget money away from powerful elected officials and entrenched special interests in order to save our struggling fire districts and fix the potholes ruining our roads. I belong to the Pioneer Lions Club, Pollock Pines Sports Boosters and Parent-Teacher Club of Pinewood School where I volunteer one day each week. I’m proud to have earned the endorsement of the California Taxpayer Protection Committee and an ‘A’ rating from Gun Owners of California.”
Dave Pratt, 55, listed his occupation as a winery/vineyard owner/operator. His statement reads:
“El Dorado County is special to all of us because of its rural character and natural beauty. Our future depends on recognizing and embracing the diverse needs of the residents in this county. I have been active in our community for many years as a volunteer on local farm and wine association boards, currently the Pleasant Valley Grange Fire Safe Council and supporting business organizations in the county. I served on the El Dorado Agricultural Commission for four years and nearly six years on our Planning Commission representing District 2 on a county-wide basis. In these roles, I have developed a strong base of knowledge regarding the General Plan and the Zoning Ordinance. Our county is at a critical moment with three new supervisors assuming positions on the county board by January. Experience and proven leadership matters now more than ever. As your supervisor I will foster open communication to arrive at the best solutions for our citizens. I will work hard to grow jobs, build a vibrant local economy and solve traffic without ignoring rural roads.”
Claire McNeal, 62, listed her occupation as president of her company. Her statement reads:
“My name is Claire McNeal and I want to serve as your supervisor. My priorities will be to protect our rural lifestyle while maintaining responsible growth in El Dorado County so that our children can have an opportunity to live here, work here and raise their families here. I will ensure that we have a growing economy that welcomes new businesses and jobs. As a small business owner for 36 years, I have experienced the crushing weight of overreaching government regulations. I know firsthand what it takes to survive and grow your business amidst overregulation. I will use my position as supervisor to fight for small business and protect the livelihood of our citizens. I will fight to cut taxes, reduce regulations and protect individual rights. I will be instrumental in achieving a balance of common ground, assuring that we have the funds for road improvements, adequate water supplies and all that is necessary for the health and safety of the citizens of El Dorado County.”
George Turnboo, 61, listed his occupation as business owner. His statement reads:
“I am George Turnboo, resident of Somerset. I have owned George’s Pit Stop, an automotive repair business in the town of El Dorado, for the last 42 years. A 1971 graduate of El Dorado High School, I attended American River College as a business major. My wife Evelyn and I are both business owners and understand the challenges facing small businesses, and the financial benefits they bring to local economies. I understand how short-sighted planning and excessive government regulation hurt our local business owners. My family has lived here since the 1840s. I love the people, and the rural lifestyle that we enjoy in El Dorado County. I will protect that lifestyle by setting high standards for new development, ensuring that proper infrastructure is in place to balance the needs of business and housing growth, while protecting the values of those who now call El Dorado County their home. As a member of the Solid Waste Advisory Committee, I understand the importance of basic infrastructure and services, and the pitfalls of poorly managed growth. We can have it all in El Dorado County; tourism, recreation, industry, lifestyle. My driving interest is the welfare of all county residents.”
Shiva Frentzen, 52, listed her occupation as business owner; Cameron Park Community Services District board member. Her statement reads:
“Land-use planning in El Dorado County is out of control. Housing: Developers are pushing Supervisors to approve a new General Plan with 33,000 more homes which will increase housing (and traffic) by 60 percent. I’m leading a countywide ballot measure to stop these plans including 4,000 homes in Marble Valley adjoining Cameron Park and San Stino (1,000 homes) in Shingle Springs. Water: We don’t have enough water for this much housing; 91 percent of EID’s water supplies are already allocated to current customers. It is incredibly irresponsible to propose 33,000 more homes when EID only has enough water for 3,600. Money: The cost for new roads and water infrastructure is $1.3 billion. Current residents will pay the price when politicians’ plans go wrong. I’m a fiscally conservative businesswoman elected to the Cameron Park Community Services District, and past president of the El Dorado County and Shingle Springs-Cameron Park chambers of commerce. Local Cal Fire firefighters in Cameron Park and Pioneer have endorsed me. I know the issues and will vote to protect current residents’ water, roads and wallets. We must build our economy around jobs, tourism, agriculture and local businesses instead of large housing developments. We must start planning within our limits — now — before it’s too late.
Chris Amaral, 42, listed his occupation as businessman/government efficiency advocate. His statement reads:
“It is time politicians represented you instead of themselves and special interests. It is time we faced the challenges of our county instead of spending taxpayer dollars fighting political corruption. Character counts. I cannot be bought and I do not need favors to govern. The El Dorado County Board of Supervisors needs an independent voice with real-world solutions. I bring over 20 years of business and budget experience, and a pragmatic approach to solving problems. El Dorado County deserves a supervisor who owes favors to no one and who understands that building massive housing developments will not fix our economic issues. We need to plan for growth and only build what our infrastructure can support. Retaining rural and agricultural lands and values are critical, now and for future generations. Reducing forest fuel loads protects agricultural and residential lands from wildfire while creating green jobs. The county must partner with local small business to further increase tourism. We must make it easier for businesses to thrive, to promote business in our western suburbs, repurpose land for a county branch university and ensure countyside broadband Internet for all residents. I view serving El Dorado County as a privilege.”
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