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Voters have plenty to ponder

Nov. 2 election includes multiple races and measures
By: Martha Garcia, Loomis News Editor
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Editor’s note: Follow election-night results on this Loomis News website. On Tuesday, Nov. 2, Loomis Basin voters will chose their preference for governor, lieutenant governor and other state and judicial officers. The Consolidated General Election will also give voters the chance to cast votes for a member of Congress and a Senator. Nine statewide measures are also on the ballot. But closer to home, the issue of whether members of the Loomis Town Council should be limited to two consecutive, four-year terms will have the most impact on local government. Measure A also provides that “a member who has served two terms prior to Aug. 1, 2010 must sit out eight years.” There are five candidates vying for three seats on the Loomis Town Council. They are Jo-Carol Arisman, Sandra Calvert, Vic Markey, Walt Scherer and Miguel Ucovich. Incumbents Scherer and Ucovich have both served more than two terms. If voters pass Measure A, and if either Scherer or Ucovich are re-elected, the election could be thrown into a legal quandary. In August, town attorney Dave Larsen said that term limits may not be applied retroactively and that he feels the provision of Measure A that makes it retroactive to Aug. 1, 2010 is illegal. If Ucovich and Scherer are re-elected, and if Measure A passes, under Measure A they can not be seated. Larsen also said in August that after the election, under the above scenario, the council would make appointment to the council from the general public. But which councilmembers would make the appointments is not clear. Ucovich and Scherer, Larsen said, could choose to ask a judge to issue a temporary or permanent injunction on Measure A and could be seated on the council. Until a court rules otherwise, they would serve on the council. Ucovich and Scherer, whose terms end in mid-December, could also be part of the council that would make the council appointments. Sonja Cupler, a Measure A committee founder, disagrees that Measure A is illegal. In a letter to the editor this week, Cupler said, “It’s legal, it’s constitutional, and it’s democratic.” Two seats are also open on the Loomis Fire Protection District board of directors. Candidates are Russ Kelley and incumbents William Tudsbury and Chris Gibson. The Penryn Fire Protection District has three open seats. Candidates are Phil Barger and Mike Cagle, and incumbents Tom Bowling, Brian Myers and Mike Posehn. One seat is open on the Loomis Union School District board of trustees. Ann Baker is challenging incumbent Tim Rudolph to represent Area 5. Candidates for the Placer County Board of Education board of trustees seat in Area 2 are Lorene Euerle and Suzanne Jones; and incumbent Carol Jean Hachmeister and Charles “Chick” Wallgren are vying for the Placer Union High School District board of trustees seat in Area 3. On election day, polling places will open at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m. The Office of Elections, located at 2956 Richardson Drive, at the DeWitt Center in Auburn, will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 30 and 31. Vote-by-mail ballots will be accepted, and voters can also request and fill out ballots.