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District 1

What's at stake? This race to represent the Live Oak-Soquel area on the board of supervisors pits challenger Art Pearl against Supervisor Jan Beautz. With only two candidates in the race, the winner will be decided in the March primary election, although the winner's term won't begin until January 2001.


Who is he? Art Pearl (, 77, retired in 1991 after 19 years of teaching at the University of California-Santa Cruz, although he continues as an instructor there. He served on the Santa Cruz City Schools board for 13 years. Pearl received his doctorate in psychology from UC-Berkeley and taught at Howard University in Washington, D.C., as well as at the University of Oregon before coming to UC-Santa Cruz in 1972.

Why is he running? Pearl said he thinks elected officials should maintain a sense of humor. He said he would focus on district problems such as gridlock, the high cost of housing, water shortages and land use disputes.


Who is she? Jan Beautz, 53, a lawyer who ousted a veteran supervisor, the late Dan Forbus, from the board in 1988, is a three-term representative of the mid-county district. She said she is proud of projects such as the Simpkins Family Swim Center in Live Oak, the sheriff's department neighborhood service centers, reduced housing densities to prevent overcrowding in her district and improved roads, sidewalks, drainage and parks.

Why is she running? Often a swing vote on a five-member board with two conservatives and two liberals, Beautz said she has brought ``a voice of moderation and reason'' to the body that runs county government.

District 2

What's at stake? With the retirement of Walt Symons, this race for the open seat representing the Aptos-La Selva Beach district could change the complexion of the board of supervisors. Symons and Watsonville-area Supervisor Tony Campos have generally voted conservatively on most issues. A win in the 2nd District by a more liberal supervisor could change board votes on some important land-use and social issues. Vying for the open seat are Sharon Gray, a Pajaro Valley Unified School District trustee; Deputy District Attorney Christine McGuire; Ellen Pirie, an attorney for senior citizens; and Douglas Deitch, a property manager and executive director of a non-profit organization. Unless one candidate gets more than half of the votes cast in March, a runoff will be held at the general election in November.


Who is she? Sharon Gray (, a Stanford graduate and former schoolteacher, was elected to the Pajaro Valley school board in 1994. There she has been among proponents of splitting the Aptos area from Pajaro Valley Unified Schools and making a new district for that area's students.

Why is she running? Gray said her foremost priority would be to work for Aptos' incorporation, long a dream of some of that community's residents. She adds it would be harder to deny Aptos residents their own school district were the area incorporated into a city. Her other priorities, she said, include working to solve transportation and water problems.


Who is she? Christine McGuire, 48, is a longtime prosecutor with the Santa Cruz County District Attorney's Office as well as a novelist. Among her strengths, she said, is her experience working to keep criminals off the streets as well as her concerns about domestic violence. She helped found, and is a board member of, the Santa Cruz County Domestic Violence Commission and has served on boards of Women Lawyers of Santa Cruz County as well as the county bar association.

Why is she running? McGuire said she would work to widen Highway 1 to deal with traffic congestion and said she supports ``community-controlled growth.''


Who is she? Ellen Pirie, 49, is directing attorney of Senior Citizens Legal Services. A graduate of Whitman College and the University of Oregon Law School, Pirie heads a team that provides free legal services to the elderly in Santa Cruz and San Benito counties. Last year, she received the distinguished service award from the Santa Cruz Trial Lawyers Association.

Why is she running? Pirie said she would work to preserve prime agricultural land and to seek solutions to the serious water problems facing Pajaro Valley farmers. She is also concerned about safety issues surrounding the use of agricultural chemicals and about traffic problems in her district and elsewhere in the county.


Who is he? Douglas Deitch (, 51, a graduate of Stanford University Law School, is executive director of Monterey Bay Conservancy, an environmental organization. He is co-chair of the curriculum development committee for a proposed new high school in Watsonville and is a frequent speaker at board of supervisors meetings on issues relating to water needs in the Pajaro Valley.

Why is he running? Deitch calls for ``sensible and equitable agricultural use of our water'' to help stem those problems. He, too, supports widening Highway 1 as a way to ease traffic problems and says he would work for ``slowed, sustainable growth'' in the county.

District 5

What's at stake? This race to represent the San Lorenzo Valley and Scotts Valley areas on the board has Pat Dugan, a property manager, challenging incumbent Supervisor Jeff Almquist. Because there are only two contenders, the candidate collecting the most votes in the March election will win and begin serving the term in January.


Who is he? Pat Dugan, 58, a former unsuccessful candidate for the Fifth District seat on the board of supervisors, is active in groups such as the San Lorenzo Valley Property Owners Association and the chamber of commerce.

Why is he running? Dugan, a 25-year resident of Felton, said his platform includes managing local rivers, streams and forests for future generations, reducing gridlock on Highway 9 -- the main artery through the San Lorenzo Valley -- and protecting property and privacy rights. He said he would ``resist county control of private roads.''


Who is he? Jeff Almquist (, 51, a Yale graduate who got his law degree at the University of Connecticut and a master's from San Jose State University, is seeking re-election to his second term on the board. He said his work on the board of supervisors has included local forestry rules that better protect neighborhoods and limit helicopter overflights from logging operations. He also said he has worked to promote recycling, restore streams, make county government user-friendly and more accountable, and supported transportation solutions such as widening Highway 1 and acquiring bike lanes.

-- Mercury News Staff Writer Lee Quarnstrom


Published February 20, 2000

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