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Tobin, Uhler vie for District 4 Placer Board of Supervisors seat

By: ToLewis, The Press Tribune
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The District 4 seat on the Placer County Board of Supervisors is up for grabs and so far, two candidates are vying for the position. The candidate filing period began Monday for the June 5 Presidential Primary election and Pam Tobin and incumbent Kirk Uhler have already pulled their filing paperwork, according to the Placer County Elections Office. According to the elections office, potential candidates for the regular filing period must have their paperwork filled out and turned in by March 9. Incumbent Kirk Uhler has served on the Board of Supervisors representing District 4 for 10 years, his first term being from 1992-96. He was appointed back to the post in 2006 after Ted Gaines was elected to the State Assembly, and he has served on the board since. Uhler said that he has worked to keep the county fiscally responsible given the down economy, which he credited to the foresight of the Board of Supervisors. “We’re one of the few counties in California that has managed through the economic downturn with almost zero layoffs,” Uhler said. “My platform is running on a record of success.” Uhler stated that in spite of the economic downturn, the county has made progress on infrastructure improvements, such as the Highway 65 bypass through Lincoln and the breaking of the Roseville bottleneck. “These are projects that we’ve undertaken during tough economic times because we properly planned for it,” he said. Challenging Uhler is Tobin, a real estate agent and Granite Bay resident of more than 38 years. She currently chairs the boards of the San Juan Water District and Regional Water Authority. Tobin said she hopes to bring a sense of integrity to District 4, which encompasses Granite Bay and parts of Roseville and Rocklin. “If you don’t get good people to seek office, you get failed officials … who run unopposed,” Tobin said. “I want to keep serving my county and my community, there is a lot of work to be done.” Tobin said one of her goals it to cut the pay of top county officials who continue to get raises while county workers are forced to deal with furlough days and rising health care costs. “I want to get out into the district and I want to hear the voters’ concerns,” Tobin said. “The public will have a voice if I am elected.” Tobin also called into question Uhler’s wife, Tami, who was appointed as assistant director at the Department of Child Support Services during a county hiring freeze. “I’m more than happy to have that conversation with Pam or anybody else who has questions about that,” Uhler said. “I have nothing to hide there and I look forward to many opportunities to meet with Pam in public and have a public debate.” Uhler said he respects Tobin’s previous service to the community, and that he respects anyone who is willing to step forward and allow themselves to be judged based on their record. Toby Lewis can be reached at tobyl@goldcountrymedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @TobyLewis_RsvPT.