So far, one councilman has filed for candidacy

By: Stephanie Dumm News Messenger Reporter
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Editor’s note: This is part one of a two-part series. Next week’s article looks at which newcomers have filed papers so far and the process involved.

Monday marked the first day candidates, including those in the Lincoln City Council and Western Placer Unified School Board races, could file to run for office.

Candidates have until Aug. 10 to file for candidacy, according to Placer County Clerk-Recorder-Registrar of Voters Jim McCauley.

If incumbents for positions up for election fail to file by that date, McCauley said, “the filing period for that office will be extended to Aug. 15.”

Seats up for Lincoln City Council are currently held by Councilman Tom Cosgrove, Mayor Spencer Short and Councilman Paul Joiner.

Cosgrove said Tuesday that he is still deciding whether to run for another term.

“Having served on the council for almost 18 consecutive years, I believe the filing period is an excellent time to review and consider priorities,” Cosgrove said. “My family is very important to me and we, all family members, will have one more discussion before I make my final decision.”

Joiner said that he is running for City Council.

“While much has been accomplished in the last few years, much remains to be done and I would like to see it through to completion,” Joiner said. “We are all aware of the financial challenges and the ongoing efforts to put and keep Lincoln on a firm financial footing. We are making great progress, reducing expenses, renegotiation contracts and potentially contracting out solid waste. More can and must be done.”

Joiner listed several projects he wants to see “through to completion.”

“The regional sewer project is reaching a critical phase and the Placer County Conservation Plan, which will bring more local control over environmental permitting, may be completed in the next two years. Funding efforts are well underway for the rebuilding of Nelson Lane and its bridge, creating direct access to the airport from Highway 65,” Joiner said. “Which in turn will make economical development of the airport and surrounding business park truly viable for the first time. The relinquishment of Highway 65 back to the city will accelerate the reclamation and continued revitalization of our historic downtown.”

Short is “absolutely running” for City Council this year and also listed ongoing projects as a reason to do so.

“We’re in the midst of a decisive time for the city of Lincoln,” Short said. “A number of things have been started that I want to see through to ensure Lincoln’s continued viability.”

One project listed by Short was the Placer County Conservation Plan, which he said is “both a development tool and conservation strategy that will determine long-term growth.”

Short said he also plans to work on “water resources strategies to protect the water that we enjoy” in Northern California. He considers the regional sewer project to be one of the “No. 1” reasons he is running.

“I’m concerned strong leadership is needed to complete the plan. Every decision requires context and experience,” Short said. “City government is about relating with other city, county and other government officials. This is what I bring to the table.”

Short wants to have more time in office “to help make decisions for Lincoln’s economic development.”

The seats up for the Western Placer Unified Board of Trustees are currently held by board members Paul Long and Paul Carras.

Carras said he plans to run for one more, and final, term as a board member.

“I’ve been in the (education) business for over four decades and one more term, if I am successful, will put me at 71 years of age and time to call it quits,” Carras said.

The News Messenger asked Carras what he has enjoyed about serving on the school board.

“Certainly not the financial pictures, but I think as a board, we worked extremely well together,” Carras said. “While we may have differences of opinions, we’ve always dealt with it professionally. It’s been a good group to work with.”

Long has served 32 years on the school board and plans to serve on school board as long as he has grandchildren in the district. He currently has a granddaughter who attends Lincoln High School.

“I still have grandkids in school and that’s important for me,” Long said. “Public education and all of that, it’s just so important for the kids,” Long said. “Everything I do is for the kids. That’s what it’s all about.”

Long said he initially ran after “a neighbor talked me into it.”

“I’ve enjoyed watching all of the improvements from where we were in the beginning when I first got on the board, when we were a small school district with a couple of elementary schools and intermediate school and a high school,” Long said. “I hope all of the decisions I’ve made are good ones for the kids. As long as you make decisions with the children in mind, you can’t go wrong.”