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Four vie for three PDH board seats, no contested races for PUSD

Linda Satchwell
Staff Writer
8/10/2010

The Plumas District Hospital Measure B election Aug. 31 looms large, overshadowing the November elections in many ways. But there are some key races that warrant a closer look.

The main one is the race for PDH's board, at press time the only contested election. Three hospital board seats are open. Bill Elliott, John Kimmel and Fred Thon currently hold those. Elliott is not running but Kimmel and Thon are.

Two new candidates have thrown their hats in the ring, Kathy Price and Bill Wickman. Wickman has been vocal in supporting the hospital building project and serves on the hospital's Measure A oversight committee and the Foundation board.

He said Bill Elliott encouraged him to run, and he's been preparing for this for a couple of years, choosing to shift his focus from the school district to the hospital.

Price has been a nurse practitioner in Quincy since she moved here in 1975. She recently retired. Previously, she served 12 years on the school board.

She said she's "looking forward to the challenge" of being on the board whether Measure B passes or not.

She said she plans to vote No on Measure B, but understands the motivation of the people who put it on the ballot. "I wish the board had been more receptive to what the people wanted a long time ago," she added.

Because Elliott, an incumbent, has declined to run, the filing period for the PDH board remains open an additional five days, until 5 p.m. today, Aug. 11.

In the Plumas Unified School Board election, incumbent Sue Wickman withdrew her candidacy at 4:45 p.m. Friday, Aug. 6, the final filing day. This opens her District 3 (Quincy) seat for an additional five days.

At this time, Robert Tuerck has filed to run for the open District 3 seat. He has a law practice in Quincy with his wife.

"Through our practice," he said, "we have a fair amount of involvement with the county. We are interested in participating in the future and growth of the county. We're a young couple. If we decide to raise a family here, we want to make sure the school system is fully supported. I'm running to make sure that happens."

The other PUSD board members up for election are Sonja Anderson, District 5, Chester; Brad Baker, District 2, East Quincy; and Jonathan Kusel, District 4, Greenville. Kusel previously was appointed to his seat. Barring a write-in campaign, these three will resume their seats, since they are running unopposed.

Indian Valley Health Care, Seneca Health Care, Feather River College and Sierra Plumas Joint Unified School District had board seats up for election and only incumbents filed, so they will resume their seats as well, if there is no write-in effort.

If candidates have filed personal statements, they won't be available to the public until the end of the extended filing period, today.

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