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UPDATE Feb. 21 As many as eight candidates seek three county supervisor seat

February 20, 2012

Jan Huggans

All three of Mono County's open county supervisor district seats are getting crowded, as potential candidates add their names to the list. 

Here's a brief look at all three:

South County's District 2, currently held by supervisor Hap Hazard, is also heating up, with Fred Stump, Long Valley Fire Chief, considering a run against two-term incumbent Hazard. Stump said Monday he will make a decision "at the end of this week or next week." He has pulled papers for signatures in lieu of filing fees. Hazard has filed to run again, Mono County elections officials confirmed Tuesday.

District 2 includes all the communities south of Mammoth, as well as the Tri-Valley communities.

North County's District 4 now has three candidates vying for the seat that will be vacated by Tim Hansen, after he was redistricted out of the district (Hansen has been redistricted out of District 4 and into District 3 and has announced he will not run for that seat, currently held by Supervisor Vikki Bauer).The Mono County Elections office confirmed a third candidate for District 3 recently: Bridgeport resident Jan Huggans. She pulled papers Feb. 7 for signatures in lieu of the filing fee, joining candidates Bob Peters and Tim Fesko in the race.

Huggans has been a public servant for many years, serving on the Mono County Planning Commission, the Bridgeport Public Utilities District (current) and the Bridgeport Regional Planning Advisory Committee (current). She is a member of the Bridgeport Rancher’s Organization and the Bi-State Sage Grouse Working Group. She is also a business owner, with a property rental business in North County and into Nevada.
 
“I drive through town right now and it’s tough,” she said. “It makes me sick to see all those empty homes, the foreclosures. It filters down to everyone, not just to us because we have a business here, but everyone. I know how I operate. I know I do my homework. I know I will go out and physically look at all the projects we might be involved in, not just look at it on paper. I know I don’t have a hidden agenda but will listen to everyone, try to find common ground. That’s why I am running again.” (She ran against former Supervisor John Cecil years ago and lost “by a few votes”).
 
District 4 encompasses the area of Mono County that lies north of Conway Summit and extending to the Nevada border, including the communities of Bridgeport, Walker,  Coleville and the Antelope Valley. Redistricting last year also added some sections of Mammoth to the district for the first time, including residences and businesses on the north side of Main Street.
 
In District 3, former aquaculturist Tim Alpers recently announced he will challenge Bauer for the seat and Patti Heinrich, another District 3 resident, is also considering a run, having pulled papers for signatures in lieu of filing fees according to Mono County elections officials.
 
Bauer has filed to run again, the county confirmed.

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