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Rancho Santa Fe Area Contested Elections: Irrigation & Whispering Palms CSD

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Santa Fe Irrigation District Division 1 and Division 2 both face contested elections. Division 1’s contest for one seat is between financial manager Derek Clotfleter and businessman/engineer and former board member Ken Dunford. Division 2’s competition is between business executive David Petree and real estate broker Robert Feher.

Whispering Palms Community Services District (CSD) will also see an election, where five candidates are competing for three seats. The incumbents will not be running for re-election. The candidates include businessman/lawyer Byron Hanchett, nuclear scientist/engineer Douglas Manatt, Martin Ross, incumbent Kathy McHenry and retired educator Valerie Thatcher.

Rancho Santa Fe Review reports

"The district’s service boundary encompasses 2,615 acres and serves more than 1,440 homes and businesses. The Whispering Palms board has been dealing with a controversial plan to modernize the landscape and remove 54 palm trees that mark the entrance to the Whispering Palms community. The plan is now headed to a community-wide vote.

There will not be an election for the Fairbanks Ranch CSD as incumbents Stephen Charlton and Richard Heymann both run unopposed.

In addition to serving the Fairbanks Ranch community, the CSD also serves Fairbanks Plaza, Solana Santa Fe Elementary School and the Fairbanks Ranch Fire Station."

Read the full article from the RSF Review.