This year, Mono County voters will go to the polls in June. One of the decisions that will be before them will be filling the District 4 Board of Supervisors seat that opened when current representative Tim Hansen was redistricted out last year.
Late last week, at least two candidates filed papers and announced they are running for Hansen’s seat on the dais.
Tim Fesko, owner of the Meadowcliff Lodge in Walker-Coleville, and Bridgeport Inn owner and former Interim District 4 Supervisor Bob Peters have both said they are formally starting up campaigns.
In an email statement to the media, Fesko said, “After much soul searching and encouragement by many of you, along with a strong desire to represent the North County, I am hereby formally announcing that I will be seeking the seat for the Mono County Board of Supervisor, District 4.
Peters told The Sheet on Saturday morning, “I believe that the new District 4, even though it’s not ideal from a geographical standpoint, will provide real opportunity to create a better understanding between the needs of residents of the Town of Mammoth Lakes and the unincorporated north county communities. Bringing a more responsive Mono County government closer to the people was an important part of what I did as a member of the Board of Supervisors for the unincorporated communities in 2010. I intend to do just that, if elected, for the Mammoth Lakes residents, who are now part of District 4.”
Fesko narrowly lost to Hansen during the last election for the District 4 seat, which was to replace then Interim Supervisor Bob Peters, who was hand picked by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to take over after the sudden death of Bill Reid.
Peters has a lengthy public service history. He has served as Chairman of the Bridgeport Valley Regional Planning Advisory Committee, (RPAC), on the Mono County Tourism and Film Commission for six years, including two years as its Chairman, and was most recently Chairman of the Mono County Redistricting Committee during summer of 2011. Peters said he plans to soon debut his campaign website.
The end result of the redistricting process means District 4 now includes a portion of Mammoth and its cache of registered potential voters. It also means that Hansen, who lives in Lee Vining, is now a resident of District 3, and can no longer represent District 4. Current Board of Supervisors Chair Vikki Bauer represents District 3, but Hansen so far has said he has no plans to run for that seat. Apart from Fesko and Peters, no other candidates for the District 4 seat have yet emerged.