UPDATE: Small-business owner, vintner join race for El Dorado supervisor seat

Published: Monday, Jun. 23, 2014 - 9:53 pm

The number of candidates announcing for El Dorado County’s District 2 supervisor seat has grown to three.

Small-business owner Claire McNeal and winery owner Dave Pratt have joined businesswoman Shinva Frentzen in vying to fill the post previously held by Ray Nutting. A special election will be held Sept. 9.

McNeal serves as president of McNeal Enterprises Inc., a custom plastic manufacturing and fabricating company that she and her husband, Bob, started. If elected, McNeal said, she would use her position on the board to “fight for small business owners and protect the livelihood of our residents.”

“Being a small-business owner for over 36 years I have felt the crushing weight of overreaching government regulations,” McNeal said in her campaign announcement. “I have seen firsthand what it takes to survive and even grow your business amidst expanding government regulations and oppression.”

McNeal has served as vice chairwoman of the El Dorado County Republican Central Committee and is past vice president of the El Dorado County Republican Women.

Pratt and his wife own vineyards and the winery dkcellars in Fair Play. Pratt served four years on the county Agricultural Commission and currently serves on the county Planning Commission.

He said a key challenge is creating jobs within county, and he hopes to draw support from the agricultural and small-business communities, while reaching out to other sectors of the county. Pratt said he believes dialogue has been missing among county officials and various groups within the county. “We need to start just talking to each other,” he said.

A judge declared Nutting’s seat vacant June 6 after determining that he must forfeit his elected office because of misdemeanor convictions over how he raised bail money following his arrest last year on felony charges of political malfeasance.

The nomination period for the special election will begin June 30 and conclude July 18.

Call The Bee’s Cathy Locke, (916) 321-5287.

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