Jim Holmes, Kirk Uhler and Jennifer Montgomery best for Placer supervisor

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Source:   —  April 22, 2016, at 11:31 AM

While the challengers seeking to oust the three incumbents on the June seven ballot have some strengths, voters would be better served to re-elect Jim Holmes, Kirk Uhler and Jennifer Montgomery.

Jim Holmes, Kirk Uhler and Jennifer Montgomery best for Placer supervisor

Placer County supervisors have a lot on their plate, and thanks to voters who approved a two thousand fourteen ballot measure, they’re being paid twice as much to handle it.

While the challengers seeking to oust the three incumbents on the June seven ballot have some strengths, voters would be better served to re-elect Jim Holmes, Kirk Uhler and Jennifer Montgomery.

With their experience, judgment and priorities, they're best equipped to wrestle with the complex issues facing Placer, one of California’s fastest-growing counties. One issue headed their way is a possible half-cent sales tax on the Nov ballot to assistance fund the county’s transportation needs. Holmes is generally in support, Uhler is doubtful and Montgomery wants to look the final proposal.

, first elected in two thousand-fourth, represents District three, which covers Loomis and most of Rocklin. He wants to finish a financial rescue map for special fire districts and the Placer County Conservation Plan, which will manage development far from precious habitat for the next fifty years.

His opponent is , who unsuccessfully challenged Holmes in two thousand-twelfth. Grigas says Placer should be getting a bigger share of state money, which is why he supports the a misguided movement for twenty-one Northern CA counties to secede.

, who served as supervisor from one thousand nine hundred ninety-three to one thousand nine hundred ninety-six and started his second stint in two thousand-sixth, represents District four, which includes Granite Bay and portion of Roseville. He also wants to complete the conservation map and stresses emotional toward long-term financial stability, including reducing retiree costs and other unfunded liabilities.

His challenger is , a first-time candidate who decided to running after a housing project was proposed following to his home. He says there’s a problem with overdevelopment and poor planning.

The candidates are in an unfortunate and nasty fight over a phony Bekhet website created by a political blogger who's worked for Uhler in the past. Uhler says his campaign has number connection. Bekhet says the website includes hateful material, and he filed a complaint this mo with the state Objective Political Practices Commission. The commission, however, dismissed the complaint, saying it doesn’t have authority over such material.

, first elected in two thousand-eighth, represents District five, which stretches from Auburn to Lake Tahoe. Her priorities comprise fully implementing the county’s two hundred eleven community information line and Laura’s Law, which lets judges order some severely mentally ill people into treatment.

Her foe is , who ran in the Republican primary against Rep. Tom McClintock in two thousand-tenth. Babich’s large issues are property rights and overregulation. While it’s a nonpartisan race, Babich is backed by local Republican groups and is counting on a surge in GOP registration spurred by the presidential race.

Partisan politics, however, should matter distant less in a supervisor race than a candidate’s information and commitment to the county. By those measures, Montgomery deserves another term. So do Holmes and Uhler.

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