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Seven on ballot for pool board

With two incumbents and five challengers, the East Fork Swimming Pool District has the largest number of candidates seeking office in Douglas County.

Incumbents Gordon Gray and Davis Nishikida have been on the board for several years.

Both Gray and Nishikida are veteran members of the board.

Gordon Gray has served on the board since 2002. Nishikida has served on the swimming pool district board since he was elected in 2004.

Nishikida is a Carson Valley native, while Gray has lived in Topaz Ranch Estates since he retired as a Southern California lifeguard.

Gray said he was asked to run again.

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“I was asked by people who liked the things I did,” he said.

Nishikida said Tuesday that he was running because he felt it was important to serve the community.

Candidate Bob Cutts said he decided not to seek the position, but that he wasn’t able to withdraw his name from the ballot on time.

On Tuesday, five of the seven candidates for pool board introduced themselves at the Good Governance Group town hall forum.

Candidate David Oren said he and his family have been using the Carson Valley Swim Center for several years.

Oren said he felt the pool staff was being micromanaged by the board.

“I think I will bring focus and drive to the board,” he said. “We need to respect and serve the clientele, and bring better direction to the swim center.”

Candidate Alisa Ashbaugh said she’s lived in Carson Valley since 2005.

“I’m a patron of the Carson Valley Swim Center and a parent of a Douglas Dolfin swimmer,” she said. “Water is my passion.”

Minden resident Janine Petrick-Sullivan said she moved to Minden five years ago because of the swim center.

“I want to be part of this really wonderful service that we offer to community,” she said. “The taxpayers pay for it, and it’s the reason we moved here, all the members of my family use it.”

Candidate Carl Schnock told attendees at a candidates forum that he urged the board to turn a portion of its tax rate over to the county and to establish an investment account for the district’s money.

Schnock has attended pool board meetings over the past year.

The East Fork Swimming Pool District is an independent taxing district with its own elected board of directors.

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