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Montgomery makes three candidates in District 5

Kranz, Houston also in race for county supervisor
By: Gus Thomson, Journal Staff Writer
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Serene Lakes' Jennifer Montgomery took the offensive in a speech Thursday in Auburn to start her campaign to oust Placer County Supervisor Bruce Kranz from his 5th District seat. What we find is that people overwhelmingly want change in the district, Montgomery said. Bruce Kranz's campaign filings read like a who's who in the real estate development community. Montgomery told about 30 supporters that people are tired of the status quo with a supervisor kow-towing to developers and out-of-county land speculators. Kranz fired back Thursday, stating an inspection of Montgomery's campaign disclosure statements shows out-of-county influences at work. San Francisco money, Kranz said. That's where most of her money came from. Montgomery, 47, is a graduate of Oakland's Mills College and a 20-year Donner Summit resident. The new candidate will be running against Kranz and Meadow Vista business owner Bob Houston for a $30,000-a-year county post. The election will be June 3 and if no candidate gets 50 percent of the vote, the top two finishers will have a run-off in November. Kranz is in his first term as a county supervisor, having beaten three-term supervisor Rex Bloomfield of Meadow Vista four years ago on his second try. Bloomfield was at Thursday's event outside North Auburn's county elections division offices and stated his support for Montgomery's candidacy. Jennifer will make an ideal supervisor for District 5, Bloomfield said. She's an outdoorswoman who has worked in many capacities relevant to the district, which makes her keenly aware of the issues facing eastern Placer County in the coming years. Bloomfield cited over-development, traffic congestion and quality of life protection as important issues facing the sprawling 5th District. Prior to starting her own business in 2001, Montgomery worked in construction, the ski industry and for the state of California. She met her husband, Dan Gomez, while she was working as a volunteer for the Donner Summit Fire Department. Gomez is a full-time firefighter in North Lake Tahoe. She said her business provides contract services to local second home owners, including upkeep while they're away. Montgomery's campaign revolves around the slogan Preserve, Protect, Restore and Respect, which puts the emphasis on preserving the county's natural assets, protecting property rights, restoring responsive government to the people and respecting existing communities. Since Bruce Kranz took office in 2004, eastern Placer County communities have lost their voice, Montgomery said. We need a supervisor who will provide leadership, who will be responsive to the communities that she serves, and who won't forget that existing property owners have rights that should not take a backseat to the wishes of real-estate speculators and out-of-county developers. Kranz said that he had tried to be as open as anybody, holding weekly Friday morning coffees throughout District 5 to gain input from constituents and being the first supervisor to serve on the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency for at least the past 15 years. I've put in 50 hours a week for three-and-a-half years and logged 70,000 miles running up and down that mountain, Kranz said. I've never met the woman. If she was that interested in expressing her opinions I would have at least heard from her. The Journal's Gus Thomson can be reached at gust@goldcountrymedia.com, or post a comment at auburnjournal.com.