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6A Wednesday, March 26, 2014 Featler River I:lUlletin Meet the supervisor candidates for District 5 Debra Moore Staff Writer d moore@plumasnews.com There are three candidates vying for the opportunity to represent District 5 as a county supervisor. District 5 includes Graeagle, most of the Mohawk Valley and a portion of East Quincy. The candidates completed the following questionnaire and their answers appear in I their own words. Vote-by-mail ballots will be sent out May 5. Election day is June 3. The League of Women Voters plans to hold two community forums -- one in Graeagle and one in Quincy -- sometime in late April or early May. When those dates become available, they will be announced in this newspaper as well as on plumasnews.com. Jon Kennedy is the incumbent for District 5. He is completing his first term in office and is currently the Board of Supervisors chairman. Clio residents Jeff Engel and Jim Judd are challenging Kennedy. A candidate would require 50 percent plus one vote to avoid a runoff in November: Name: Jeffrey (Jeff) Engel Age: 62 years Family: My wife Jennifer and I started dating at Portola High School. We will be celebrating our 40th wedding anniversary in August. We have three grown children and seven grandkiddos, five grandboys and two grandgirlies. They range in age from 1 to 11. My in-laws Joan and Ole Olsen live in Graeagle. They own and operate "Olsen's Cabin." Ole, a former District 5 supervisor, is a director on the board of our local Plumas-Sierra Rural Electric Co-Op. Occupation and work history: I am a local, longtime, self-employed, general engineering contractor. My wife Jennifer and I have been the owners of Engel Construction for 32 years since 1982. The majority of my work has been in the Graeagle area. How long have you lived in or have had ties to Plumas County? Through my wife, my ties to Plumas County reach back farther than the actual time I fully lived here; Plumas County has been "Our Family's Home" for over 57 years. Jennifer's father worked for Pacific Bell Telephone Company and transferred from So California to Portola in 1957. My father was the manager of Plumas-Sierra Rural Electric Co-Op and moved our family See Engel, page 7A Name: Jim Judd Age: 57 Family: Wife Audrey; daughters Jennifer and Christene, who are both married; and four wonderful grandchildren Occupation and work history: President and co-owner of J&M Mfg. Inc. How long have you lived in or have had ties to Plumas County? Since 1999. What prompted you to run for District 5 supervisor? Seeing the lack of concern and understanding from our current BOS that local businesses need a government that creates an environment that allows businesses to Succeed. We need to understand and give community special districts the Opportunity to share in our political, economic and policy decisions currently being made by the BOS. h Sierra Firearms Instruction Offering CCW Classes for Sierra, Plumas and Lassen Counties As well as Personal Protection Classes and Men's and Ladies' Basic Pistol Courses Call for Schedule NRA Pistol Instructors Curt McBride & Travis Schiavone Call for information and sign up for one of the upcoming classes 530-927-9760 It is your right to protect your home. and family. ..... Koewh,:,:,do it right and be prepared. I [ lllr i [TI II I I i I Dr. Flapan, Board Certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, specializes in: Cervical, thoracic and low back pain Arthritis Sports and work related injuries Disorders of the motor and nervous system Musculoskeletal and neuropathic pain management Dr. Flapan utilizes a broad range of conventional treatments, including physical therapy and exercise programs, injection techniques, medication management, and electrodiagnostics, a's well as alternative and complementary therapies including osteopathic manipulation and medical acupuncture. Call 530.836. I 122 today for an appointment with Dr..Flapan at our Graeagle Clinic. Dr. Wendy Flapan, DO, recently relocated to the Graeagle area. She worked previously in the Dept. of Neurosurgery, Stanford University School of Medicine, Outreach Clinic, Los Gatos. I'm upset that our jail condition hhs not been adequately addressed by current and past BOS leaving not only the sheriffs department to fend for themselves but the burden of taxpayer liability issues if not addressed immediately. In addition the jail condition has been exacerbated by AB 109. What experience do you bring to the position? As a successful business owner with 30 years of experience who has the vision and understanding on how to deal with multimillion-dollar budgets, administrative personnel, critical customer awareness and having increased growth in both sales and jobs is a badly needed trait many District 5 business leaders See Judd, page 7A Name: Jon Kennedy Age: 48 Family: Wife, Tiffany; and sons, Connor, Carter and Aaron Occupation and work history: Plumas County supervisor How long have you lived in or have had ties to Plumas County? We moved back to Plumas County to raise our children in the beginning of 2007. I have family ties to Plumas County that stretch back to the mid-1800s. My great-great-grandmother was born in the La Poz'te area; great-grandfather born in Plumas County; grandfather born at Bucks Ranch before it was a lake and both parents were raised here. I was born in Quincy and my wife was born and raised in Plumas County as well. Why are you seeking another term as District 5 supervisor? To finish what we started. I've been told by many friends and supporters that I chose the worst time to get into local politics, but I have to respectfully disagree and maintain, that for me, it was the best time. The challenges Hair Co. we faced collectively were unprecedented and my personal life experiences, bad and good, successful and unsuccessful, gave me the perfect perspective to face these challenges. What experience do you bring to the position? Over three years as your supervisor and about 25 years of varied professional and personal experience that perfectly prepared me for the job. I am a proven problem solver and a no-nonsense communicator with strong analytical and leadership abilities. This will be your second term in office; is there anything that you plan to do differently? The citizens of Plumas County have invested in me for the last three years, and they deserve even more going forward. I do plan to carve out more time for my family while continuing to work hard for Plumas County. What do you consider to be the three biggest issues facing the county and how would you address them? There aren't just three biggest issues, and to simply list the three I consider the biggest facing Plumas County would not accurately depict what's important to the majority. However, I'll outline three that are timely, important and most likely have an effect on the majority. 1) AB 109 and Public Safety -- This fairly new law has highlighted now, more than ever, a need to construct a new correctional facility to better serve the county and the hard-working jail staff and general law enforcement. I will continue working with the state and local jurisdiction to identify and secure affordable funding to See Kennedy, page 7A Graeagle Lighting ' Now HAS LANE FURNITURE! Lighting Carpets Blinds Wood FIooring www.graeaglelightingcompany.co, m Hours: Open Wed-Sun, 9:30AM - 4PM 109 Highway 89 P.O. Box 335 * Graeagle, Ca 96103 530.836.2383