Old Mountain Democrat editor Enters EID race

by Placerville Newswire / Mar 26, 2016 / comments

Former Mountain Democrat editor Michael Raffety Runs for EID Board a Press Release announces.

Placerville resident and retired Mountain Democrat editor Michael Raffety announced March 23 that he will seek election to represent Division 3 on the El Dorado Irrigation District Board of Directors.

The election will be Nov. 8.

Raffety has studied and analyzed EID since 2008 and has toured all the district’s facilities with staff engineers and technical consultants.

Raffety cites five issues he will emphasize:

-- Support agriculture big and small. Division 3 accounts for 62 percent of the agricultural customers in the irrigation district.

-- Ensure uninterrupted delivery of water. Without the four alpine reservoirs and 22-mile canal system Sly Park would have run out of water during the drought.

-- Avoid adding to the debt. Pay down debt with excess power and water sales.

-- Protect the financial soundness of the district and maintain compliance with state and federal regulations. Balance the budget without exceeding the inflation index.

-- Ensure a fair price for wholesale water sales to the city of Placerville.

Raffety, 69, is a member of Citizens for Water, the Taxpayers Association of El Dorado County, El Dorado County Wine Grape Growers Association, American Legion Post 119 and past president of the Mother Lode Lions Club. He has a bachelor’s degree from San Francisco State University, a master’s degree from California State University, Sacramento, and an Advanced Accounting Certificate from Folsom Lake College.