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6A Wednesday, April 30, 2014 Feather River Bulletin . Debra Moore Staff Writer dmoore@plumasnews.com Two candidates for District 5 supervisor introduced themselves and answered more than a dozen questions at the Graeagle Fire Hall on April 24, giving voters their first chance to hear both men voice their reasons for running for office and their plans for Plumas County. About 70 people turned out for the event hosted by th.e League of Women Voters. In addition to the two District 5 candidates, Jim Judd and Jeff Engel, four elected officials running unopposed for another term in office addressed the attendees: Assessor Chuck Leonhardt, Clerk-Recorder Kathy Williams, District Attorney David HoUister and County Superintendent of Schools Micheline Miglis. Forums hosted by the League of Women Voters follow a strict format: a two-minute introduction, one-minute responses to questions and a two-minute closing. 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Questions were written by audience members and then posed by the moderator. Those that were similar in nature were often linked together. Engel and Judd are'two of the three names that will appear on the ballot for District 5 supervisor. The third, Jon Kennedy, has announced that he won't campaign for the office and plans to leave the area for family reasons. However, his name will remain on the ballot, and voters can still select him. A candidate needs to receive 50 percent plus one vote to avoid a runoff. If that doesn't occur the top two vote earners will face each other in November. O_ue~tlons Moderator Margaret Goodart posed the questions gathered from the audience. If anyone attended the forum expecting discord, he or she was disappointed. Both men addressed the audience and never argued with each other. Following is a synopsis of most of the questions: What is the most important issue the Board of Supervisors is dealing with right now and what is your position? For Judd, it's the budget and how the county deals with it. He also discussed the need for a CAO (county + administrative officer). "Their job is to lead and represent us, not work with department heads," Judd said of the supervisors. Engel cited lawsuits as an area of prime concern and mentioned the claims recently filed against the county in the Portola hospital shooting as well as the challenge to the county's new general plan by the High Sierra Alliance. He also mentioned the :need to fully fund the sheriff's department. What can you do to improve the economy in Plumas County or in your district? Judd favors creating tax incentives, fast-tracking the planning and building permit processes, and fostering a better environment for business. "Lots of opportunities aren't being utilized," Engel said and mentioned the Plumas County Coordinating -Council. What's the most important challenge regarding schools and what's the solution? "We don't fund Our schools, but we need to protect them," Engel said and mentioned the need for a funded sheriff's department. He also noted that school enrollment is declining due to people leaving the area to find work and that needs to be turned around. Judd stressed the need for vocational education and sald he had tall~ea to me Quincy High School principal that morning regarding the issue. He also met with American Valley Aviation and discussed the need for qualified employees. How many Board of Supervisors meetings did you attend in 2011, 2012 and 2013? Judd said he attended one in 2011 and one in 2012 to discuss the importance of rec and tech and two in 2013 in relation to the general plan. "I've watched the last six weeks on video and sometimes need coffee," he joked. Engel said he attended all but one since he announced his intention to seek office. "I wanted to see how they interacted and treated people," he said. 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