Douglass, Harvey win city council seats

By: Martha Garcia, Editor
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There will be a new face on the Colfax City Council next month.

Kim A. Douglass, a 16-year Colfax resident, emerged as the top vote-getter in the City Council race.

Douglass received 270, or 40.60 percent, of the votes in Tuesday’s election for two council seats. Incumbent councilman Stephen L. Harvey’s 203 votes – 30.53 percent – earned him a second term on the council. Out of the running was Tom Parnham, who, like Douglass, was making his first run on the council.

The makeup of the City Council will also change if councilman Josh Alpine – who was leading Wednesday in his bid for the District 5 seat on the Placer County Water Agency – resigns to take his new position. Alpine, with 8,440 votes – 42.22 percent – was beating out Otis Wollan, also of Colfax, and Cheryl Maki, of Auburn. Wollan had 3,330 votes, or 16.66 percent. Maki’s 8,179 votes – 40.91 percent – was trailing Alpine.

It was steady “business” at the Sierra Vista Community Center Tuesday afternoon, as voters went to the polls for the Presidential General Election.

Twenty-five-year Colfax residents Harold and Brenda McCoy had just finished casting their votes.

“I’m hoping and praying for a better four years,” said Brenda McCoy. If she was referring to the presidential election, she may have ended up being disappointed, as President Barack Obama was re-elected, beating out challenger Mitt Romney.

In other local races, Lynn MacDonald, of Colfax, was re-elected to the Placer Union High School District Board of Trustees seat in District 1. She had 13,758 votes, while Dennis T. Fox garnered 9,932.

Winners for the two seats on the Placer Hills Union School District board were Mary D’Amour, with 2,209 votes, and Jeff Duer, who received 1,877 votes.

Elected to the Alta Fire Protection District board were Karen Calvert, with 223 votes; Tim Booth, 126; and William David Hart, 122.

Gordon Ainsleigh (7,028), Jim Ferris (7,210), and Jim Gray (7,856) won re-election to the Auburn Area Recreation and Park District board.

Derek D’Amour received 593 votes and will represent the Meadow Vista County Water Agency Division 5.