Uhler on filing fence no longer. He’s running for Placer supe

Montgomery, Holmes also expected to seek new Board of Supervisors terms
By: Gus Thomson, Journal Staff Writer
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Already building up his campaign war chest, Placer County Supervisor Kirk Uhler said he expects to run for re-election in 2012. Uhler, whose Granite Bay district expanded farther into Roseville after redistricting this year, said Friday that he would like to get a chance to continue the work he and other supervisors have done to keep county spending in check and finances in balance. “It’s my intent to seek re-election,” Uhler said, noting that it the filing period for supervisor is still more than three months away. The campaigning leading up to the county’s June 5 primary officially starts as early as Dec. 30, when prospective candidates for the three seats up for election can start asking for signatures-in-lieu that will go toward filing costs. The filing period starts Feb. 13 and ends March 9. Uhler – who was appointed to the District 4 supervisor seat five years ago as Sen. Ted Gaines’s hand-picked successor – said the county’s ability to add $6 million to its reserve fund exemplified the board’s work to rein in county spending in the face of dropping revenues. Uhler, 44, is expected to join supervisors Jennifer Montgomery and Jim Holmes in re-election bids. Uhler was returned to office for a four-year term in 2008 but has hedged in the past on committing to a second election run. Uhler said he’s proud of the work that has taken place in his district to involve the public in the Granite Bay Community Plan process. Work on the Placer County Transportation Planning Agency board on projects such as breaking the Interstate 80 bottleneck through Roseville has also been an area Uhler said he’d like to continue to work on. Holmes, whose District 3 includes Newcastle, Penryn and Loomis, said that he made a “soft” announcement early this year and has held a fundraiser in Loomis. “I’m pleased with the way the county has withstood the downturn in the economy although we’re not out of the woods yet,” Holmes said. Holmes said he wants to continue to work on solutions to ongoing issues regarding wastewater treatment in the North Auburn area and see the Placer County Conservation Plan through to completion. Uhler has the smallest election fund cash balance, according to records their campaigns have filed with the Placer County Registrar of Voters. Statements filed in June show Uhler with a cash balance of $6,549. Major contributors in the preceding six months were Placer Vineyards ($2,500) and Del Mar’s BCLH LLC (also $2,500). Montgomery, who couldn’t be reached for comment for this story, had a cash balance of $15,003 on June 30. She represents District 5, which now takes in Auburn as well as the Tahoe area, Foresthill and Colfax after redistricting. Holmes ended the first half of 2011 with a campaign fund cash balance of $12,983, after collecting $20,541 in donations.