SMUD incumbents get new terms when opposition fails to materialize

Two incumbents on the SMUD board were appointed to new terms Tuesday because nobody filed to oppose them in the November general election.

The board appointed incumbent directors Nancy Bui-Thompson and Rob Kerth to new Sacramento Municipal Utility District terms that begin Jan. 1, 2017. Legislation enacted two years ago allows municipal utility districts to appoint unopposed incumbents to save election costs.

Bui-Thompson, first elected to the board in 2008, represents Ward 2, which includes Folsom, Rancho Cordova, Gold River, Rancho Murieta, Galt, Wilton and part of Elk Grove.

Bui-Thompson, a Rancho Cordova resident, is a director at Public Consulting Group.

Kerth, a former Sacramento city councilman, was previously elected to the SMUD board in 2008. He was also elected in 2014.

He represents Ward 5, which includes midtown, downtown, North Sacramento, Natomas, Rio Linda and Elverta. Kerth, who lives in the Woodlake neighborhood, founded Ice Unlimited, which brought holiday ice rinks to Sacramento and Folsom.

Bill Lindelof: 916-321-1079, @Lindelofnews