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Auburn Recreation District director mulling a District 3 Placer County supes challenge

Prosecutor gathers hefty list of endorsements for Superior Court judgeship
By: Gus Thomson, Journal Staff Writer
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AUBURN CA - New Placer County Board of Supervisors boundaries could result in a challenge for incumbent District 3 representative Jim Holmes. North Auburn resident Scott Holbrook, an elected Auburn Recreation District board member, has taken out signature-in-lieu papers. It signals a first step in a possible run against Holmes, who is up for re-election after two, four-year terms on the county board. Holmes has also taken out signature-in-lieu papers. Holbrook said he’ll be gathering signatures that could defray costs for filing as a candidate with the Placer County elections division to run in the June 5 primary against Holmes. Potential candidates could start collecting signatures Dec. 30 and the final day to turn petitions in is Feb. 23. Candidate filing starts Feb. 13 and ends March 9. Holbrook said that he initially was contemplating a possible run against District 5 Supervisor Jennifer Montgomery. Redistricting boundaries have changed this past year and she now represents the city of Auburn voters. Holmes previously had the city of Auburn in his district. But Holbrook said he’s moving to a new home about half a mile from where he currently lives and that will put him in District 3. “I’m proud of the work I’ve done to turn the recreation district around,” Holbrook said. “And I’m not satisfied with everything going on the Placer County board.” Holbrook said he’ll be evaluating his options during the next few weeks. Judges endorse Gazzaniga While Holbrook is putting a toe in the political waters, prosecutor Suzanne Gazzaniga has gathered a hefty list of endorsements to succeed veteran Placer County Superior Court Judge Robert McElhany, who won’t be seeking a return to office. Gazzaniga has taken out signature-in-lieu papers, established a campaign website and lists endorsements from all of Placer County’s standing judges, including McElhany. A supervising deputy district attorney with 15 years service as a prosecutor for the Placer County District Attorney’s Office, Gazzaniga was the California District Attorney’s Association co-prosecutor of the year in 2009 for rural and medium-sized counties. “I am committed to justice and our community,” Gazzaniga said. “People can expect hard work, fairness and respect.”