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Stein Won’t Run In Supervisor Election

Calaveras County Supervisor Paul Stein has decided to not to seek re-election next spring to a third term as District 2 supervisor.

The District 2 seat is up for re-election in March 2004. Stein´s term ends January 2005. He was elected in 1996 and re-elected in 2000. Humbug Creek Farm owner, Steve Wilensky has announced his plans to run for the open seat.

District 2 includes Mokelumne Hill, West Point, Wilseyville, Glencoe, Railroad Flat, Sheep Ranch and Mountain Ranch.

“After two terms, I feel I have reached my maximum level of effectiveness and find it´s time to move on to another stage in my life,” Stein said. Stein said last week he is seeking an appointment from governer-elect Arnold Schwarzenegger.

As for his job as supervisor, Stein said, “The job mostly entails trying to meet constituent expectations without possessing the necessary resources or authority to accomplish these goals. It´s difficult to remain enthusiastic and effective given this restriction, and therefore better for the community to have new leadership.”

Stein said that is why he campaigned for Schwarzenegger. “Local government will be the beneficiary of this change in leadership, and I will do everything in my limited power to assist the goal of recovery,” Stein said.

Stein said he would serve his last year as president of the California State Association of Counties.

“Finally, I thank my loyal friends that have continued to believe in me through the hard times when detractors openly expressed accusation and distrust. I have remained steadfast in my beliefs without compromise, and feel quite fortunate for this resilience. I heartily wish the best of luck to whoever succeeds me as District 2 supervisor and will readily facilitate a seamless transition,” Stein said.

Calaveras Enterprise story by Vanessa Turner. For more Calaveras news, click:calaverasenterprise.com.