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Rudd, Dawson Bartley lead Sierra College race

By: Lauren Gibbs, The Placer Herald
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A couple of new faces will be on the Sierra Joint Community College District board. According to semi-official election results, Howard Rudd and Cari Dawson Bartley were leading their district races. In the District 1 race, Kelli Gnile and Rudd were vying for one seat to represent Western Placer Unified School District in Lincoln. Rudd came out ahead by 1,053 of the votes according to semi official results of Placer, Nevada, El Dorado, Sacramento and Nevada counties. Rudd will replace Trustee Barbara Vineyard, who has served as a board member since 1983. Tuesday night, when only 30 percent of the precincts had been tallied and Rudd was slighly ahead, Rudd said he was at home watching a movie and would check in later for more official results. “I’m not trying to do anything special yet,” he said. “I’ll be playing golf tomorrow, whether I win or lose.” Early Tuesday night as results trickled in, Rudd said it was a “tight race.” “This is such a big district, it’s hard to feel if you got your message across,” he said. Rudd said he sent out e-blasts, started Facebook and Twitter accounts, passed out fliers and met with voters to get his message across to voters. “I’ve done all that I can do,” he said. Gnile was spending Election Day with family as her father-in-law recently passed away. Although she wasn’t doing any last-minute promoting, she said she was happy with her campaign. “I did the best I could,” Gnile said. Dawson Bartley will represent District 5 on the Sierra College Board of Trustees. She led with more than 31,000 votes above candidate Thomas Gardner. Gardner earned 27,064 votes and Plasencia had 20,330 votes. These numbers represent voters in Placer, El Dorado, Nevada and Sacramento counties. Dawson Bartley could not be reached for comment by press time, but sent out a statement via e-mail. “I am so thankful to the voters all across the Sierra College district and I am grateful for their support and help. We have a big job to do at Sierra College and I’m looking forward to representing every citizen in our district – those who voted for me and those who didn’t. Let's get to work!” she said. Dawson Bartley will replace Bill Martin of Auburn who was elected to the board in 2006. District 5 includes Ackerman, Auburn Union, Foresthill Union elementary school districts, the Ophir Elementary School District portion of the Loomis Union Elementary School District, Northside Elementary portion of Black Oak Mine Unified and a small portion of Gold Trail Union Elementary School District. Incumbents David Ferrari in District 2 and Nancy Palmer in District 6 ran unopposed in Tuesday’s election. Ferrari was elected to the board in 1998 and represents the Tahoe/Truckee Joint Unified School District. Palmer has served on the board since 1994 and lives in Grass Valley. Her district consists of Grass Valley, Union Hill, Pleasant Valley, Ready Springs Union, Clear Creek and Pleasant Ridge Union elementary school districts. Trustees serve four-year terms and begin their term on the first board meeting in December. There are currently no term limits for Sierra Joint Community College District trustees. According to the Placer County Elections division, the reported figures are considered semi-official because of remaining ballots to be counted. The law allows the division 28 days after the election to complete the ballot tally and the official audit of the election, known as the canvass. Once the canvass is completed, the official results are certified.