The national political stage has been at the forefront of our minds as of late, but here at Moonshine Ink we cannot overstate the importance of our local politics. There are 38 open seats on the Truckee Town Council and regional special district boards this year, ready to be filled by men and women who will be deciding the future use of your tax dollars and trajectory of the region. We gave every candidate the opportunity to hop on camera with us and use a roughly 30-second video clip to deliver their platform and message to the voters. Below are three of the four candidates running for Truckee Sanitary District; three seats are available. Click on the videos to hear the candidates’ messages.

Jerry Gilmore — Incumbent

“[My wife and I] are very invested in our town, and as a plumbing contractor I’m very invested in the mission of the Truckee Sanitary district, which is to protect the public health and the environment that all of us love here.”

Nelson Van Gundy — Incumbent

“I love Truckee and I continue to enjoy my 38th year living here. Since I believe in putting some back, I’ve served on a number of public, private, and nonprofit boards; among them the Truckee Rotary Club, the Tahoe Sierra Board of Realtors, the Truckee Donner Public Utility District, the Truckee Donner Railroad Society, and of course the Truckee Sanitary District.”

Ron Sweet — Incumbent

“I have been a director of the Truckee Sanitary District from 1978 to 2018. Since I have been a director, the district has grown from 2,700 customers to 16,000. All of our facilities and equipment are paid for when purchased: we have no financial debt or interest charges owing.”

Chose not to participate: Kurt Smart