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Alpine hosts candidates night in supervisor race

by Virginia York

There will be a “Meet the Candidates” night, 7 p.m. Wednesday at at The Wellness Center (Gym) at Hung-a-lel-ti, Woodfords Washoe Community, 96 Washoe Boulevard. Candidates running for supervisors of Districts 2, 3 and 5 will be there to answer questions. Voter registration will be available. The primary election is June 12.

Below are summarized candidates’ statements of qualifications:

District 2

Incumbent Skip Veatch will be retiring from office.

Scot Hansen: Business Owner.

“…my decision-making will be as informed and fair as possible. I care very much for this community and will do my best to work for you.

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“In 1988 after serving eight years in the USMC as a lead refrigeration technical supervising 80 men, I joined the team of Sears Service where my leadership skills were put to use again as a service trainer… In the mid ’90s my wife, Letitia, and I started an appliance service company that we run to this day.

Serving on the supervising board as president twice for the Lake Tahoe Business Referral Network, and having been in this top level referral group for 17 years, I truly know…the importance of representing the interests of others.”

Earl O’Neal: School Board Incumbent.

Education: Four years of College, majoring in Public Administration.

Experience: Over 24 years in county government.

Mono County: Planning Department – 5 years, Contract Employee in various departments – 8years.

Managed the Bridgeport PUD and a non-profit social service agency.

Alpine County: Contract Employee – County Manager, 11years.

Elected Positions: School Board Member, over 25 years, 8 years in Mono County and 17 years in Alpine County, currently the president.

Community Service and Non-Profits: Active member of the Chamber of Commerce, Public Member of LAFCO, and member of the Fish and Game Commission. Volunteer on the Board of Directors for the Del Masso Non-Profit Children’s Foundation.

Alpine County resident for over 32 years.

District 3

Phillip Bennett, Incumbent.

Experience: Tribal Government.

Woodfords Community Council : 2 terms, Chairman 7 years.

Board of Supervisors: 2 terms.

While on the Community Council, plans for building a Community Center (Wellness Center/Gymnasium) to which many contributed, came to fruition.

Supports the Tribe’s Education Program and Culture Camp.

As a board member, Bennett endeavors to be the voice of the Washoe people and to represent all of his constituents, always looking to the future. He says a big challenge for board members is to set priorities with a tight budget; with higher unemployment more services are requested.

During his terms he has been on First Five, Social Services, Mental Health and Historical Society boards. He has been instrumental in establishing a fire department at Hung-a-lel-ti.

His goals include better emergency communication.

Katherine Rakow.

Education: Certified Special Education Instructor.

Experience: Member of the Board of Supervisors from January 1997-August 2001. Resigned in second term because of ill health. Experienced in Tribal Government and policy-making decisions.

Goals include to improve communication within the Woodfords Community.

During her time as supervisor, Rakow was on Alpine Family Support Council, Historical Records Commission, Planning Department Subcommittee and an Advocate for South Lake Tahoe Women’s Center, Washoe Tribal Liaison between the County and the Tribe, a member of the Golden Sierra Job Training for Youth and Area 12 Agency on Aging.

Volunteer work includes: Woodfords Community Council, Washoe Tribal Higher Education Committee, President of Woodfords Headstart Parent Committee, Child Care Development Planning Council, School Site Council (for DVS), Grand Jury Member, Friends of the Library.

District 5

Tom Sweeney, Incumbent.

Occupation: Retired educator, B.A., M.A. Vocational Education. 27 years of teaching.

“I was privileged to be in the first graduationg class of the California County Supervisors Institute which facilitated my ability to move Alpine County forward on a statewide issues.”

A 32 year membership “of the Board of Directors for Glendale Area Schools FCU…contributed to my ability to recognize the critical value of fully planning projects. As a…champion of…fiscal responsibility and planning of County capital projects, I supported the Sheriff’s Office vision of improving radio communications for a safer community.”

During his time as a member, the Board of Supervisors has saved approximately $75,000 in Fire/EMT costs while improving service through implemetation of the Eastern Alpine County Service plan.

“To improve communications throughout the County, I have been instrumental in securing high speed internet which will assist our ability to spur economic development while maintaining County heritage.”

Tom Sweeney holds monthly District 5 meetings.

Mary Rawson, business owner.

“Educated and license as a cosmetologist. Owner/operator of my own beauty salon for 45 years.

Appointed to the Alpine County Election Board, Planning Commission and Transportation Advisory Committee. I have worked in the following Alpine County departments: Roads, Public Works, Building, Social Services and Health.

“…I would be honored to represent you…I have lived in Alpine County for 19 years.”

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