El Dorado Co Farm Bureau Endorses Three Candidates
The Farm Bureau is a grassroots membership, non-profit organization that works to protect, promote, and enhance the economic opportunities and long-term viability for El Dorado County farmers, ranchers, and foresters. It has an ongoing, close working relationship with the U. C. Cooperative Extension and Agricultural Commissioner.
Farm Bureau endorses Pratt for Dist. 2
After interviewing and carefully reviewing the qualifications of the candidates, the El Dorado County Farm Bureau’s Board of Directors voted to endorse Dave Pratt in the Board of Supervisors District 2 special election.
Dave Pratt is unquestionably the best candidate to represent farmers and he’s earned our support,” said Farm Bureau President Jim Davies. “He is cerebral, articulate, as well as a proven community leader.
I am supporting Dave Pratt because the new supervisor will have to hit the ground running and Dave’s recent six years on the Planning Commission as well as years on the Ag Commission means his learning curve will be extremely short,” said Carolyn Mansfield, owner of Goldbud Farms. “I serve on a board with Dave now and his ability to work well with others and to see the ‘big picture’ is unrivaled. He knows the General Plan inside and out and will be able to get to work immediately.
Pratt owns and operates a vineyard and winery in the Fair Play viticultural area with wife, Kim, where they are “hands on” in every facet of the business. He has still made the time to serve on local commissions, boards and participate in local community organizations. He is also a Farm Bureau member and has served on the board of directors for 10 years.
“I feel that David Pratt comes to the Board of Supervisors ready to do the job,” stated Donna Sauber. “He has already had his ‘training’ with his years on the Agricultural Commission and the Planning Commission, plus years on the Farm Bureau Board of Directors working to preserve agriculture.
I’ve served with Dave on a couple of boards,” said cattleman Chuck Bacchi. “He is always well prepared, asks serious on-point questions, and works with his fellow board or commission members to reach a reasoned, fair and equitable decision.”
Farm Bureau endorses Ranalli for Dist. 4
The El Dorado County Farm Bureau’s Board of Directors voted to endorse Michael Ranalli in the Board of Supervisors District 4 race after interviewing and reviewing the qualifications of each of the candidates, “Mike Ranalli is a proven leader,” said Farm Bureau President, Jim Davies. “He is an intelligent, engaged problem solver with the best interests of our county at heart.”
“I consider Mike to be the rare candidate who has spent years volunteering and learning about local land use and zoning with no other motive other than to help the county”, said Maryann Argyres. “He understands the issues and possesses an amazing retention of facts necessary for important decisions that must be made in the near future. No on-the-job training will be necessary.”
“Voters seldom have an opportunity to elect as talented and informed a candidate as Michael Ranalli,” said Farm Bureau Vice President, Merv de Haas. “He has retired from a demanding career and chosen to engage in the General Plan implementation process. He is arguably the best informed person outside the County government on the General Plan and its implementation.”
Ranalli owns and operates a vineyard in Lotus with wife, Colleen. He has made the time to serve on local commissions, boards and local community organizations. Mike brings his 40 years of business experience to the table when researching and analyzing the complex issues being faced in El Dorado County today. He is also a Farm Bureau member.
“Michael Ranalli’s decision to run for public office after a career at Intel, managing operations with more employees and a budget larger than our county’s, gives us a real opportunity for change,” said Chuck Bacchi, owner of Bacchi Ranch. “Just as important, Michael is a unifier, not a divider. I believe he will help bring focus to our board of supervisors and address the issues in a fair, even and temperate manner.”
Farm Bureau endorses Novasel for Dist. 5
Sue Novasel is bright, fearless and well-educated on the county’s General Plan and associated zoning ordinances,” said Farm Bureau President Jim Davies. “I believe she would be the best choice to lead our county into the future.
Sue is a powerful candidate with extensive background in public service,” stated Merv de Haas. “She has diverse experience working with various interests and is well-informed on the El Dorado County issues including those on the West Slope involving the General Plan implementation. She will be a tremendous asset to the Board of Supervisors.”</p>
<p>Novasel owns and operates a wedding planning business in South Lake Tahoe where she, and husband Bob, have lived for more than 30 years. She serves on local boards and participates in local civic organizations for causes about which she is passionate. As a member of the Lake Tahoe Unified School District board, Novasel is appreciative of the efforts of El Dorado County Ag in the Classroom to bring Farm Day to local students.
Sue Novasel is an impressive candidate. During our interview, she did more than just answer our questions, she led us into wide-ranging discussions that demonstrated her familiarity and knowledge of issues important to our county,” stated rancher Chuck Bacchi. “Sue Novasel strikes me as a strong and pragmatic person. Her presence on the Board of Supervisors will be a strong plus.
Farm Bureau is a local membership, non-profit organization that is dedicated to protecting your interests and the interests of agriculture in our county. Our organization works from the ground up relying on many dedicated volunteers who contribute hundreds of hours on agriculture’s behalf each year.
In 1917 the El Dorado County Farm Bureau (EDCFB) was formed and we joined the California Farm Bureau Federation in 1919. We formed a mutual benefit membership non-profit corporation in 1946. We currently represent 1,200 member families in the county, 300 of which are actively involved in farming.
The purpose of Farm Bureau is to surface, analyze, and solve the problems of farmers, ranchers, and loggers — representing the needs and interests of all El Dorado County farming families.
The county Farm Bureau Board of Directors decide issues at the local level and provides the resources to help represent agriculture’s priorities at the local, state, and national levels. We are your advocate . . . if it affects El Dorado County agriculture we are involved!