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 four of the five candidates running for Truckee Tahoe Airport District; two seats are available. Click on the videos to hear the candidates’ messages.

Joe Lorenz

“One of the assets that contribute to the economy here is the Truckee Airport, and that’s a way I think for me to give back to the community. I’ve got quite a bit of experience working with nonprofit organizations and business associations, and I think that would be of value to the community.”

Mary Hetherington

“I served on the board from 2004 to 2016. During those 12 years I was known for asking tough questions and I will continue to do so on your behalf. Our family moved here in 1990 and my three children were raised here. We all love this region.”

John Jones — Incumbent

“[Jim Morrison and I] are the only two pilots on a five-person board. We are strongly and aggressively committed to a new radar system that we believe can reduce jet noise by 20 to 30 percent for our neighbors.”

Peter Van Peborgh

“The reason I’m running for the Truckee Tahoe Airport Board has to do with free transportation and global warming. Over $4 million of property taxes are collected for the airport board which could be spent wisely to improve the quality of life for visitors and locals alike.”

Chose not to participate: Jim Morrison — Incumbent