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Gore pulls off stunning upset in District 1 supervisor race

By: Brody Fernandez, Reporter
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For the past eight years, Jack Duran has been Placer County’s District 1 supervisor.

With Tuesday’s Statewide Direct Primary Election results in, Duran lost to challenger Bonnie Gore, who is currently Roseville’s vice-mayor.

In a statement Wednesday, Duran expressed his disappointment: “This morning (Wednesday), I called Roseville Vice-Mayor Bonnie Gore to congratulate her on her election as Placer County’s next District 1 supervisor, and to offer my full support as she transitions into this new role early next year.  It’s been the honor of a lifetime to serve the community we love on the Board of Supervisors. This is California’s best place to live, work and raise a family and I could not be prouder of all that we’ve accomplished together over the past eight years. I’m especially grateful for the untiring support of so many friends, neighbors and colleagues — both in this campaign and on so many critical issues facing our local government. As I complete my term in the months ahead, I will continue to be a strong and vocal advocate for the hard-working taxpayers of District 1. As always, if I can ever be of service to you or your family, I hope you’ll contact me at jduran@placer.ca.gov.”

Before being elected to the county Board of Supervisors, Duran was a Roseville Joint Union High School District Board of Trustees president and a California Department of Justice Deputy Attorney General.

Duran moved to Roseville when he was 18. As a UPS truck driver, Duran put himself through school, graduating from Sierra College, California State University Sacramento and then McGeorge School of Law, where he graduated with honors.

With all 55 precincts in District 1 reporting in Tuesday’s Statewide Direct Primary Election, Gore captured 7,351 votes or 62.03 percent. Duran received 4,492 votes or 37.90 percent of the reported vote. There were also eight write-in votes or 0.07 percent.

“Supervisor Duran was very gracious in our conversation this morning and I want to thank everyone who has worked so tirelessly on this campaign and express my appreciation and gratitude to all the voters here in Placer County for their support,” Gore told Gold Country Media Wednesday morning. “I am just so excited and beyond happy with these results so far.”

Gore credited her supporters’ hard work and due diligence during a tough-fought campaign.  

Gore has been involved in public service throughout Placer County for many years. The businesswoman received the Athena Award, which honors Placer County women making significant, positive impacts here, in 2010. Gore currently serves on the Roseville City School District Foundation board and was the Lighthouse Counseling and Family Resource Center founding chairwoman.

“I will continue to serve out my term as (Roseville) vice-mayor and continue to serve the city of Roseville and its residents,” Gore said. “This fall, there will be new elections for a new vice-mayor and council members.”