County supervisors head to ballot uncontested

By: Gus Thomson, Journal Staff Writer
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The deadline has passed without anyone coming forward to get their names on the June 3 ballot to challenge Placer County supervisors Kirk Uhler and Jim Holmes. Holmes, who is completing his first term on the board, and Uhler, who was appointed in late 2006 by supervisors after Ted Gaines left to take office as an elected assemblyman, would assume second terms next January. According to the county elections division's finalized registry of candidates, Uhler “ who represents the Granite Bay area on the board “ went through the candidate-filing period as the only District 4 resident taking out papers. The possibility of a write-in candidate signing on is still a remote possibility but no name would appear on the ballot. Uhler's will. I'm looking forward to continuing the work we've been doing with the county executive office on the budget challenge, Uhler said. It's sizeable but not insurmountable. Holmes, who won a sometimes-bruising three-way race for supervisor four years ago, had two potential challengers for the 3rd District seat. James Fensel of Auburn and James Schumann of Newcastle took out papers but were listed as not qualified by Friday's filing deadline. Holmes said he would continue to give it my all during a second term. I'm pleased my family and I won't have to endure another election campaign, Holmes said. It's somewhat of a validation of the job I'm doing. Holmes added he was ready to defend his record over the last three years. I'll continue to be involved in the community and listen to their concerns, he said. Fifth District Supervisor Bruce Kranz of Weimar “ also finishing his first term “ has two challengers. Both Bob Houston, a business owner from Meadow Vista, and Jennifer Montgomery, a Serene Lakes business owner, filed papers last week to run against him. If no candidate wins a majority of the eastern Placer County vote, the leading two vote-getters would continue on in the fall. In the race to succeed John Doolittle as 4th District congressional representative, the elections division has recorded two GOP candidates “ former 3rd District congressman Doug Ose of Sacramento and state Sen. Tom McClintock, R-Thousand Oaks “ registered in Placer County. With other counties in the district, the state Secretary of State's office will provide information later this month on other possible candidates. On the Democratic Party side, presumptive 4th District party nominee Charlie Brown of Roseville registered for a second attempt at Congress after narrowly losing in 2006 to Doolittle. His run won't go unchallenged, with John Wolf Wolfgram of the Foresthill's Michigan Bluff registering as a candidate. Wolfgram, 63, said Tuesday that he was hoping to have the job description constitutional defender used on the ballot but may have to settle for legal philosopher-writer. A prepared statement from Wolfgram says that he is not a politician. He is a combat reborn patriot committed to defending our Constitution as his oath requires, it states. Our civilization is in big trouble from domestic enemies who think that politics is compromise, campaigns are beauty contests and leadership is avoiding responsibility. Gaines is registered to run again as GOP standard-bearer in the 4th Assembly District, with no challengers from within Placer County “ either Republican or Democratic. The Auburn area's Democratic and Republican central committees are organized along supervisorial district lines. Third District Democratic Central Committee candidates qualified for the ballot are: Leon Wurzer, Jr., Larry Dubois, Kimberly Haswell and Brian Washman. Third District Republican Central Committee candidates are Mike Holmes, Jim Dutton, Ken Higgins, Laura Hancock, Jon Green, and Paula Celick. The Journal's Gus Thomson can be reached at, or post a comment at