Five candidates campaigning for Loomis council

By: Joyia Emard, Loomis News Staff Writer
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Five candidates are vying for three Loomis council seats in what could be a contentious race. Two incumbents – Walt Scherer and Miguel Ucovich – are running for re-election and are also combating a term limits initiative that, if passed, would not allow the two to serve. Sandra Calvert, chairwoman of the parks, recreation and open space committee; Jo-Carol Arisman, planning commissioner; and Vic Markey, former member and chairman of the parks committee; are also seeking the council seats. Jason Kenoyer, Jeremy Sutter and Randy Elder initially pulled, but did not return, paper-work to run for council. Calvert wants to keep Loomis a small, rural town. She said she grew up in a small town and has always been involved in local politics. Calvert has served on the parks committee for two years and is active in the parent teacher club at Loomis Basin Charter School. Calvert’s goals are to create more opportunities for youth and seniors, support local busi-nesses, “grow within our means,” preserve small town values and to live “within our fiscal means.” “I’m opposed to term limits because out of 480 cities only 84 have them. The fact that we have reserves shows what experience can do,” Calvert said. Arisman also said she wants more interaction between the elderly and youth and, if elected, would want more activities for seniors that are in walking distance of downtown. Arisman is a retired court calendar clerk and served on the Sacramento grand jury and was the secretary. She said she moved to Loomis 10 years ago. Arisman said she wants to see “more shops and small industries” come to Loomis. She said she is undecided about term limits. “I want to be the voice of all of the people. I’m inquisitive enough that I want to search out the facts and keep everyone informed,” Arisman said. Vic Markey, a real estate broker, served on the Open Space 2 committee and chaired the parks and open space committee. He is a director for both South Placer Municipal Utili-ties District and the Loomis Basin Chamber of Commerce. He is a member of the South Placer Heritage Foundation and the Loomis Lions Club. Markey said he supports term limits and is concerned with how taxpayer money is being spent. He voiced disapproval of using reserves and paying outside consultants. He is concerned about town litigation. “I don’t like how we’ve sued our neighbors. A lot of money has been wasted on law-suits,” he said. Scherer said he is running for re-election because he wants to see the completion of the downtown project. He said the issues in the upcoming years will be how the town finds the money to fund the projects and how the money can be spent most efficiently to create a vital downtown. “We’re on the cusp of turning our downtown into the place to be in the Loomis Basin – to turn it into the jewel we all want it to be,” Scherer said. Of term limits, Scherer said, “It was not drafted by people who want to better town gov-ernment. It’s a grudge match.” In a press release, Ucovich said he will work on upcoming town projects including “the downtown plan, depot park, assisting local businesses and keeping a bare-bones budget.” “I am running to see that these projects are completed and that the priorities that Loomis has established will continue for the next four years,” he said. Ucovich said he will maintain public safety and keep Loomis a small, rural town. He said he supports local schools and organizations, such as the senior center. Ucovich opposes term limits and said, “Every four years people can vote to keep some-one there or not keep someone there.”