Meadow Vista's Houston challenges Kranz

County's District 5 now has two-candidate race for supervisor
By: Gus Thomson, Journal Staff Writer
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Meadow Vista resident Bob Houston announced his candidacy Tuesday for the Placer County Board of Supervisors seat currently held by Bruce Kranz. Houston, 71, describes himself as a relative novice when it comes to Placer County politics but has more than three decades of experience in lobbying at the state level “ first with Kaiser Industries' government affairs unit and for the past 28 years as owner of Sacramento-based government affairs firm Corporate Advocates. Houston said he'll work full time at no pay if elected. I'm at a time in my life that will allow me to dedicate myself full time to the people of Placer County, Houston said. After five decades of business experience, I will bring civility, maturity and dedication to the Board of Supervisors. Houston said he would not accept the $30,000 salary supervisors now earn annually. I don't need to this for a job or the glory, he said. I need to do this for the people of Placer County. Houston and his wife, Arlene, have been residents of Meadow Vista for more than 30 years and recently marked their 50th anniversary. A Republican, Houston said he's not running as part of any political machine. I will be an independent and experienced voice for the people of Placer County, he said. Kranz, who is completing his first term as supervisor for the sprawling eastern portion of the county, said that he expected a challenge in his bid for re-election. Kranz said that he'll be emphasizing his work helping small businesses, protecting private property rights, fire prevention and public safety. I think I've built up a good track record over the past three-and-a-half, Kranz said. Supervisor Robert Weygandt, who represents the Lincoln area on the board, said that while Kranz endorsed his opponent two years ago, he's chosen not to weigh in on the 5th District race. He's a colleague, Weygandt said. Obviously, we have differences but in my view, it's not constructive to endorse against a colleague. Weygandt added that even in his own district, it's good to have a challenge for the incumbent because it forces elected officials to establish positions on issues. Houston should bring some positive attributes representative of his district and its values to the election, he added. The Journal's Gus Thomson can be reached at, or post a comment at