New face for El Dorado Hills CSD, incumbents re-elected in other racesBy: Don Chaddock, Managing Editor
Three closely watched elections in El Dorado Hills had a few surprises
Community Services District gets a new face
Noelle Mattock was re-elected, coming in second to challenger Terry Crumpley, in the El Dorado Hills Community Services District Board of Directors race. Incumbent Guy Gertsch lost his bid for re-election.
Crumpley and Gertsch had the backing of the Tea Party Patriots of El Dorado Hills.
Voters had a wide field of candidates from which to choose. For two seats, there were six candidates.
Mattock claimed 20.9 percent of the vote and Crumpley surpassed her with 21.2 percent. Gertsch trailed in fourth place, with 14.6 percent.
Chuck Hammond had 18.3 percent, Don Clark 13.6 percent and Bill Tobin 10.7 percent.
Crumpley said she was very nervous on election night, and not just because her own name was on the ballot.
“There were a lot of elections going on that I was interested in,” she said. “I just feel very honored and humbled (to be elected).”
The top vote-getter, Crumpley said now it’s time to demonstrate to her supporters she was worth their vote.
“I’m pleased and thrilled the community elected me and now it’s my job to earn their support,” she said. “I’d like to bring a more positive attitude at the board meeting.”
She said residents can’t just sit on the sidelines any more and need to get involved.
“I’d like to see the Veterans Memorial project seen to fruition,” she said. “I’d like to see the proposed day care center at the senior center happen, if it’s economically feasible.”
While she won’t be sworn in until December, expect to see Crumpley at the meetings.
“I’ll be keeping up to speed,” she said. “I’m excited and looking forward to this opportunity.”
She said and unexpected outcome of the election was the un-seating of Gertsch.
“I’m truly saddened about Guy,” Crumpley said. “I grew very fond of him. I’m very sad about that. He’s a great guy.”
Gertsch and fellow board member Billy Vandegrift were on hand for an election night party at Sienna Restaurant in El Dorado Hills along with judge candidate Joseph Hoffman.
Gertsch said he was proud of the work the board had done.
“I would like to congratulate Noelle Mattock and Terry Crumpley on their victories,” Gertsch said. “They will both serve our community well over the next four years. It has been an honor and a privilege to serve the ... community over the past four years. We have an amazing community with great opportunities for the future.”
He said the CSD was in better shape today than it was four years ago.
“I believe it is important to leave an organization better than when you joined it,” he said. “We have grown the reserves to over $6 million by right-sizing the CSD and exercising fiscal accountability, upgraded the community pool, renovated the gymnasium and completed many essential projects.”
Mattock, on a social media site, wrote she is “privileged” and honored to serve on the board for another term.
Superior Court Judge Department 7 race sees no change
Judge Warren Stracener handily won re-election with 52 percent of the vote.
Challenger Joe Hoffman thanked his supporters on his Facebook page. He garnered 47 percent of the vote.
“While, we did not come out on top, I am honored by the people that came out to support me, and am proud of the campaign I ran,” Hoffman wrote.
El Dorado Hills Fire Department board remains the same
Despite a strong challenge by three, the two incumbents remained safe in the EDH FIre board race.
Incumbents Charles Jim Hartley and John Hidahl were the top vote getters in Tuesday’s election. Hartley came in with 28 percent while Hidahl trailed with 24 percent.
Trailing the leaders were Sherry Petersen with 17.8 percent, John Peterson with 15 percent and Sherry’s husband Craig Petersen with 14.6 percent.