With last Friday the deadline for those planning to run for the District 2 seat on the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors, the race is now down to six as Janet Saitman has dropped out.
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Still in the running is El Dorado Hills resident Chris Amaral. Amaral previously ran unsuccessfully against Bill Schultz for the position of county Recorder-Clerk. Currently a program leader for a consulting firm, to date he has raised $3,000 for his campaign in the form of a loan to himself.
Joining him is Shiva Frentzen. Frentzen is president of CAL Internet Services & Eldoradobusiness.com. She is a current board member of the Cameron Park Community Services District and past president of the El Dorado County and Shingle Springs-Cameron Park chambers of commerce. She is reporting $18,650 in contributions including $1,450 of in-kind contributions from J. Moore Methods Inc., $15,000 in loans to herself, $1,500 from the CDF Firefighters and $700 in contributions from others.
A third candidate is Claire McNeal. McNeal is a past vice chair of the El Dorado County Republican Central Committee, served as an ex officio for Congressman Tom McClintock and is a past vice president of the El Dorado County Republican Women. Her campaign contributions consist of $17,500 in self-funding.
Jennifer Nutting is also a candidate for supervisor. Owner of Dramatics beauty salon in Pollock Pines, her sole contribution is a $5,000 loan to herself.
Dave Pratt, the owner of the winery dkcellars and a current member of the El Dorado County Planning Commission, is another candidate in the running. He has reported contributions of $3,000, including a loan of $2,000 to himself.
The sixth candidate is George Turnboo. Turnboo has owned a business for 42 years, previously ran for the Board of Supervisors twice, was a member of the Republican Central Committee and also serves on the El Dorado County Solid Waste Advisory Committee. He has contributions of $2,325, including a $1,000 loan to himself.
For those interested in hearing the candidates speak, the Shingle Springs-Cameron Park Chamber of Commerce will host a candidate forum on Wednesday, July 23, at 6 p.m. at Cielo Estate Winery, 3040 Ponderosa Road. Contact the Chamber at 530-677-8000 for further information.
Another candidate forum is scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 14, and is being hosted by the Shingle Springs Community Alliance. It will be held at the Discovery Hills Church, 4270 Shingle Springs Drive and is tentatively set to start at 6 p.m.
Vote by mail ballots go out Aug. 11 with the special election held on Sept. 9 in a winner-take-all contest.
Contact Dawn Hodson at 530-344-5071 or [email protected] Follow @DHodsonMtDemo on Twitter.