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Voters in local fire districts choose new board members

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Posted: Tuesday, November 5, 2002 10:00 pm

Voters from the Galt area and three small northern San Joaquin County districts went to the polls to elect members to their board of directors from a mixture of incumbents and hopeful office seekers.

Galt

Challenger Guy Rutter and incumbent Dale Templeton were elected to fill two seats Tuesday.

With all 15 precincts reporting, unofficial results show Rutter received 2,456 votes (34.7 percent) and Templeton received 2,007 votes (28.4 percent).

Galt Fire District Results
15 of 15 Precincts
Elect 2
Candidate
Votes
Pct.

Rutter

2,456

34.7

Templeton
2,007
28.4
Dees
1,798
25.4
Weaver
809
11.4

Rounding out the field were challengers Bob Dees with 1,798 votes (25.4 percent) and Michael Weaver with 809 votes (11.4 percent).

Dees, 38, is a partner at Dees Meats on Twin Cities Road.

While providing traditional fire service to the Galt area, the fire district also provides ambulance service to Walnut Grove and Herald.

Rutter, 61, was chief of the former Sloughhouse fire district in the Rancho Murieta area for 28 years until it merged with the larger American River Fire Protection District.

In 1990, Rutter joined American River where he was battalion chief for five years at the Rio Linda station. He retired in 1995.

A Galt-area resident since 1988, Rutter is a commercial beekeeper with his son, Daniel.

Templeton, 56, has served on the Galt fire board since 1980 and retired in March as a captain with the Sacramento City Fire Department after 28 years.

Weaver, a correctional officer, was unavailable for comment after several attempts through the fire district to contact him.

Randy Shelton, an eight-year veteran on the board, gave up his seat to run for the Galt City Council.

Each director in the 56-square-mile district makes $75 per month.

Mokelumne

Incumbents Gersh Rosen, Jim Tamura and Ron Valinoti retained their seats in the 64-square-mile district that serves Victor and Lockeford.

Directors are not paid for their service.

Mokelumne Fire District Results
12 of 12 Precincts
Elect 3
Candidate
Votes
Pct.

Valinoti

966

28.1

Tamura
958
27.8
Rosen
889
25.8
Manding
625
18.2

With all 12 precincts reporting, unofficial results show Valinoti received 966 votes (28.1 percent), Tamura received 958 votes (27.8 percent) and Rosen received 889 votes (25.8 percent).

Challenger Angela Manding received 625 votes (18.2 percent).

Valinoti, 67, was appointed to the board to fill a vacancy in June 1999 and won a two-year term in 2000.

Tamura, 52, ran for a board seat for the first time. He was appointed to the board in August 2000 to fill a vacancy.

Rosen, 74, has served on the fire board about six years.

Manding, 44, is business manager at the Lathrop-Manteca Fire District.

Clements

Challenger Bill Conn and incumbent Deborah Miller were elected Tuesday, although Miller's lead over Glenn Thorns was only six votes.

Clements Fire District Results
4 of 4 Precincts
Elect 2
Candidate
Votes
Pct.

Thorns

263

28.4

Miller
227
24.5
Conn
221
23.8
Buchwalter
139
15.0
Curtis
77
8.3

With all four precincts reporting, Thorns led the field with 263 votes (28.4 percent) and Miller received 227 votes (24.5 percent).

Conn received 221 votes (23.8 percent), Robert Buchwalter Jr. received 139 votes (15 percent) and Jim Curtis received 77 votes (8.3 percent).

The 120-square-mile Clements district, which covers 120 square miles and borders Calaveras and Amador counties to the east and Sacramento County to the north.

Miller, 52, said she wants to serve another four-year term because she has the most board experience.

Liberty

Theodore Leventini Sr., a veteran on the board for about 25 years, was elected to another four-year term on the three-member board, which serves most of Acampo east of Highway 99.

Liberty Fire District Results
5 of 5 Precincts
Elect 1
Candidate
Votes
Pct.

Leventini

489

66.9

Ballard
240
32.8
Write-ins
2
0.3

With all five precincts reporting, unofficial results show Leventini, 88, who has lived on the family's Acampo ranch since 1917, received 489 votes (66.9 percent), while challenger Julie Anna Ballard received 240 votes (32.8 percent).


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