Houston supports Montgomery

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Bob Houston, who finished a distant third in the District 5 primary last June, has endorsed challenger Jennifer Montgomery over current Placer County Supervisor Bruce Kranz, a Montgomery campaign spokesman said Thursday. Montgomery spokesman Rob Haswell said both candidates were seeking support from Houston. In the June 3 primary, Montgomery finished ahead of Kranz, with 41.29 percent of the vote in the eastern Placer County supervisory district. Kranz polled 36.9 percent while Houston trailed with 21.52 percent. With no candidate receiving 50 percent of the vote, the election continued into a runoff, with voters again trooping to the polls Nov. 4 during the presidential election. - Gus Thomson