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Two of the top vote-getters from supervisorial District 4 and 5 will be going to the Nov. 4 runoff.
Coming in first in the District 4 supervisorial race was Howard Penn, who had a 29-vote margin over Mike Ranalli. Both candidates registered slightly above 21 percent.
In District 5, South lake Tahoe resident Sue Novasel had a substantial 347 vote margin over Pollock Pines’ resident Kevin Brown. Novasel had 24.46 percent versus Brown’s 19.06 percent.
“This is the first stage of a long dance,” said Penn, adding the first thing he plans to do is take down all his campaign signs.
In the coming months, Penn said he plans to focus on the same message he used to get the most votes, adding that he was one of the original backers of the Fix Highway 50 Traffic First/Keep Us Rural Initiative.
“The message is about ending the influence of developers,” he said. “The majority of residents I’ve talked to are not supportive of large subdivisions to solve our economic woes. We’re not trying to stop housing growth. But people don’t like that these big developers can leapfrog in front of everyone else. We need to take back control at the local level of the planning process. That message of ending the influence of developers resonated with people.”
Penn said people also wants more attention paid to our roads, infrastructure and jobs. “We pay high road impact fees but the money doesn’t go towards repairing our local roads,” he said, adding that other infrastructure improvements are also needed, such as bringing broadband service to the Divide along with improvements to water and fire service.
Ranalli, who’s never run for public office before, said he’s pleased to be able to go on to the next round and to discover what’s on the mind of people in the community. “I want to focus on certain topics,” Ranalli said, noting that the issue of growth is very much on the minds of local residents. “But I want to talk more about how to create economic stability in El Dorado County and attract more businesses,” he added. “We spend too much time obsessing over rooftops and not enough getting people back to work. Economic development will make us less dependent on rooftops.”
Lauding what has been accomplished in the updated General Plan, Ranalli said it provides a balance of economic development and rural preservation goals.
In the District 5 supervisorial race, top vote-getter Novasel said she was really humbled by the support she received in the election but added there was a lot of work ahead.
“I’m a strong advocate for growth while protecting the environment,” she said. “I bring a lot of experience from serving on the school board.” Novasel went on to thank everyone for their support. “People understand my strong work ethic and my ability to get things done,” she added.
In second place in the District 5 supervisorial race, businessman Brown said the turnout for the district was disappointing. “I’m shocked it was so low, but happy to be in the top two,” he said. “I’m looking forward to a clean campaign and am interested in uniting the district and making Tahoe know that they are treated fairly. I want to unite the community, represent the entire district and not leave anyone out.” Saying he believes he understands the entire county and not just where he lives, he sent his congratulations to everyone who ran. “It takes a lot to put yourself out there,” he said.
Coming in third in the 4th District race was Lori Parlin at 12.46 percent, followed by Tim Palmer at 11.86 percent, Scott McNeil at 9.47 percent, Dave Souza at 8.59 percent, Michael Jon Pettibone at 8.57 percent and Winston Pingrey at 5.5 percent.
In the race for county supervisor, 5th District, Novasel edged out the competition with 27.46 percent of the vote. She was followed by Brown with 19.06 percent, Angela Swanson with 17.83 percent, Kenny Curtzwiler with 17.68 percent, Gerri Grego with 12.07 percent, and Teresa Piper with 5.68 percent.
Contact Dawn Hodson at 530-344-5071 or [email protected] Follow @DHodsonMtDemo on Twitter.