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Kranz, Montgomery set for 5th District county runoff

By: Gus Thomson, Journal Staff Writer
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Placer County Supervisor Bruce Kranz and challenger Jennifer Montgomery of Serene Lakes are headed for a runoff election Nov. 4. Neither Kranz, Montgomery or Meadow Vista’s Bob Houston were able to garner the needed majority in Tuesday’s election to avoid what will now be a runoff between the two top finishers. With all polls reporting at just before midnight, Montgomery was ahead of Kranz, with 40.58 percent of the vote. Kranz was second, with 37.49 percent. If vote totals hold, they’ll be on the Nov. 4 ballot. Houston was trailing with 21.72 percent. Montgomery, a small business owner who was running for office for the first time, said Tuesday night that her strong showing indicates to her that voters want a change not only in the county’s eastern supervisorial district. “Voters very clearly want to make a change in supervisor and the direction the county is going,” Montgomery said. Kranz couldn’t be reached for comment by phone Tuesday. He defeated veteran supervisor Rex Bloomfield four years ago and has emphasized fire safety and public safety. Houston said Tuesday that he was happy with his campaign although things didn’t look good after absentee ballots were tallied. “I ran a great campaign,” Houston said. “I was straight with people, wasn’t negative and gave people an option.” If the early results hold, Houston said endorsing a 5th District candidate would be a matter he would be considering for the future but not Tuesday night. The Journal’s Gus Thomson can be reached at gust@goldcountrymedia.com.