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Decision day in District 1

June 2, 2014

Today is the big day with residents from all over the county encouraged to head to the polls.
The only race in Inyo County is the one District 1 residents will be deciding for the seat on the Inyo County Board of Supervisors being sought by Dave Tanskley, Dan Totheroh and Bill Stoll.
Last Tuesday, The Inyo Register and the Independence Civic Club hosted a candidate’s night at the Bishop Senior Center to allow voters to get to know the candidates a little better.
The three candidates are running for a seat on the board long held by incumbent Linda Arcularius, who was first appointed to serve an unfulfilled term in March 1993.
Arcularius announced last year that her current, sixth term would be her last.
To win Arcularius’ seat on the board, a candidate must receive more than 50 percent of the votes today. If a candidate is unable to win the majority vote, the election will go to a runoff with the top two vote-getters in November.
During the introductions at last week’s forum, Tanksley said he is a 46-year resident of Inyo County. He moved to the area in 1968 and graduated in 1977.
From there, he attended junior college, joined the Army and furthered his education with the G.I. Bill.
Tanksley is married and has two children. He runs a construction company, McMurtrie-Tanksley, Inc., that he said has handled multi-million dollar contracts.
Through his business and his interest in local politics, he said he has worked with members of the Board of Supervisors, the Planning Department, Public Works Department and Environmental Health Department. He said he worked extensively on Wilderness designation issues and the Travel Management Program in recent years. “It was a lengthy, time consuming endeavor,” he said, adding that his work on those issues led to the re-creation of the Natural Resources Advisory Committee, which he chaired until 2011.
(The Inyo Register erroneously reported in the Saturday, May 21, 2014 article “Supervisor candidates answer constituents” that Tanskley sports a “Graze it, Burn it, Log it” bumper sticker on his truck. Tanskley said that he does not have that bumper sticker on his truck, nor does anyone in his family. The Register apologizes for the error.)
Totheroh said he has owned a small business for 14 years that operates community water districts. He said he has served the Starlit Community Services District for 17 years, and has volunteered more than 10,000 hours at Bishop Union High School over the past 12 years.
In 1969 Totheroh said he began a 30-year engineering career with the U.S. Forest Service, where he wore a number of hats, helping with forest water and trail systems.
Totheroh said he has received a number of awards for leadership and management, and through smart business practices in his private business and by consolidating his position with others at the Forest Service, he estimates that he has saved taxpayers as much as $100,000 to $200,000 a year.
He said he is running for First District Supervisor because he gets great “satisfaction from helping and serving.”
Stoll, owner of Bill Stoll Construction, said he was raised in the San Fernando Valley in Southern California and worked for a number of years as a salesman for a $5 million company.
His goal, he said, was to move to the Eastern Sierra by age 30. He did, and began working with local pack outfits, learning the backcountry and working the “city blood” out.
Stoll said he has served as an Inyo County Planning Commissioner for the past eight years. This past February, he said he was the only member of the commission who voted against the unpopular Renewable Energy General Plan Amendment.
“I’m proud of my proven record and I want to do more,” Stoll said.
Stoll said that supporting the local chambers of commerce and promoting tourism and recreation is important to him.
“I know how important recreation is to our community. It is our root and we can’t get away from it,” he said.
The polls in Inyo County will be open from 7 a.m.-8 p.m. today. District 1 residents will again be casting their vote at the Eastern Sierra Tri-County Fairgrounds, unless they have already done so via vote-by-mail ballots.
According to County Clerk-Recorder Kammi Foote, there are 2,165 registered voters in District 1. She added that her office sent out 1,411 District 1 vote-by-mail ballots. As of Monday, 458 of those ballots had been returned.

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