City official vies for county seat

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By ABBY SOUZA

Sonora City Councilwoman Liz Bass said she won't be running against incumbent Larry Rotelli in her bid for Tuolumne County's first district supervisorial seat.

"I'll be running for myself," said the 9-year council veteran after picking up paperwork she needs to qualify for the March primary election ballot.

The District 4 and 5 seats, now held by Mark Thornton and Dick Pland, are also up for election on March 2.

"I've had this in mind for a long time," Bass said of her coming campaign.

If Bass turns in her nomination papers, she will be taking on a 20-year incumbent. In March 2000, Rotelli beat out challenger Randy Selesia with a decisive 61 percent of the vote. If Rotelli wins in 2004, it will be his sixth four-year term.

"I like Larry. I think he has done a good job," Bass said. But she still wants to be on the county board.

Rotelli, who also picked up filing papers yesterday, said in his reelection statement that he is looking forward to a campaign for "one more term" as District 1 supervisor. He lists growth as an issues he plans to address.

"I do maintain that we must control and manage growth as our new neighbors arrive in our community," Rotelli said.

Areas of the county he plans to support include safety county fire and sheriff's departments and Tuolumne General Hospital.

"I will continue to give Tuolumne General Hospital all of the assistance and help I can," he said.

Bass said she is particularly interested in transportation issues that affect the county. An avid walker, Bass said she is always looking for alternatives for the community.

Bass said her involvement with city government, history in the area and her grasp of the issues are what make her a good supervisorial candidate.

"I think I've got the background to get the job done," Bass said.

Bass will have to resign her position on the Sonora City Council if she wins the supervisor's race.

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