Candidate talks issues at local forum

Election is Tuesday, Nov. 4
By: Martha Garcia, Loomis News Editor
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Del Oro High School juniors in attendance at the recent candidate forum won’t be able to vote at the presidential general election on Nov. 4. But they might have learned an important civics lessons in citizen participation. The three-dozen US History students completely outnumbered adults in the audience of about 50 individuals at the Oct. 23 forum, sponsored by the Placer County Chapter of the League of Women Voters, at the Blue Goose. Gary Liss, the only Loomis Town Council candidate in attendance, gave a two-minute opening statement. Tom Millward and Rhonda Morillas, who are also vying for the two open seats on the council, were unable to attend. They submitted written statements, read by forum moderator Kathy Souza. Liss said it’s important to protect the borders of Loomis, citing developments proposed by Rocklin along Sierra College Boulevard. He asked, “Do you want shopping malls that close to Loomis?” Liss pleaded that Loomis citizens not “sell out our souls for tax revenues.” Both Millward’s and Morillas’ statements cited the current Loomis council’s accomplishments, including the renovation of the train depot and the purchase of a building for town hall. A number of the Del Oro students said they were at the forum only because it was an assignment, and showed little interest in the upcoming election. Chris Barker, 16, of Rocklin, said if he were 18, he’d “probably vote for Obama” for president. Asked if he wished he were of voting age, he replied, “Don’t care.” The greater part of the evening was dedicated to review of the 12 state propositions on the ballot. In addition to the town council election, local races include the Loomis Fire Protection District board of trustees, in which John Shearer, Dennis Gage, Bryan Thomson and Jon Bergstrom are vying for three seats. Loomis Town Clerk Crickett Strock and Roger Carroll, town treasurer, are unopposed. James Foster, Trustee Area 1, and Kurt Turner, Trustee Area 2, are also unopposed for their seats on the Loomis Union School District. Aaron T. Willson, Philip J. Barger, and F.M. “Travis” Travnikar are seeking election to two open seats on the Penryn Fire Protection District. Voters who didn’t request absentee ballots don’t have to wait until Nov. 4 to cast their ballots. They can vote from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays, as well as from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 1 and 2, at the Placer County Elections Division office, located at 2956 Richardson Drive in Auburn. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 4. For more information, call the Elections Division at (530) 886-5650.