Humbled by support in close council race

By: Jennifer Lane for The Telegraph
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In the wake of last week’s City Council election, The Telegraph asked all seven candidates (three incumbents and four challengers) a few questions about the race, in which all three incumbents were returned to office.

Three of the challengers – Roger Gaylord, Jennifer Lane and Chad Vander Veen — accepted an invitation from The Telegraph to write a guest column about the experience of running for council, their motivations, and their reactions when they learned the outcome.

I was completely humbled by the close race. BizPAC spent 5 to 1 more than I did, and yet I came within 1,000 votes of Kerri Howell and even closer to Steve Miklos. The election results indicated that many residents agreed with me that we need smart growth and to protect our waterfront, Lake Natoma, from high- density housing.

I want to express my heartfelt thanks to all those residents who voted for me. For those who did not vote for me, I hope you will remain involved in our community and work with us on smart growth for the future.

For the incumbents, I would like to quote Margaret Mead: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world, indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”  Please begin to listen and respect the residents that you represent.

As a resident of the Historic District for over 30 years, I have a passion for Folsom and always will. I will continue to represent the interests of Folsom residents while serving on the Folsom Planning Commission. I will not compromise when it comes to large development while we are in a drought. I firmly believe that until there is a normal snowpack in the Sierras and a lake full of water, we cannot just cross our fingers and hope for the best.