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Special District

South Tahoe Public Utility DistrictCandidate for Director2 Year Short Term

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Jennifer Peterson

2,516 votes (16.54%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Upgrade infrastructure in a cost-effective and efficient manner.
  • Create and implement long-term planning goals that incorporate the use of renewable energy and prioritize sustainability.
  • Expand the fire suppression system so that we can respond more quickly to fires.



I grew up in Los Angeles and did my undergraduate work at University of California at Santa Barbara. I graduated in 1997 with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. I then moved to San Francisco to attend Golden Gate University School of Law and graduated in 2000. I practiced at several firms in San Francisco before relocating to South Lake Tahoe in 2008. In 2007, I obtained my California real estate broker’s license and then in 2009, I got my real estate salespersons license in Nevada. I have two children, ages 10 and 6. I have been involved in the PTA for Sierra House for the past 5 years and I started a Girl Scout Troop 3 years ago that my daughter is in. I have also been on the Board of Directors of the Boys and Girls Club of Lake Tahoe since 2015. With nearly twenty years of experience as an attorney, I am well-versed in reading and understanding complex laws and regulations, assessing and managing risk, identifying objectives and creating strategic plans to obtain the best results. I believe I would bring a valuable and unique perspective to the South Tahoe Public Utility District’s Board of Directors.

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

As a Director, I will always be guided by what is in the best interest of our community as a whole, taking into account a diverse range of perspectives, financial considerations and the need to plan for the future. I firmly believe that elected officials must have transparency, accountability and operate at the highest ethical standards in representing the communities and districts that they serve. If elected as a STPUD Director, I will work to formulate and implement long-term planning goals in a fiscally responsible, equitable and sustainable manner. I believe that when the public puts their trust in you to represent them, you must show up and do the work. Read the packets before the meetings. Be prepared. Ask questions. If something is being proposed by staff or a request is being made for an expenditure, the answer to both of these questions needs to be yes: (1) Is it in the District's budget (can we afford to do this)? and (2) Is this in the best interest of the community? These are the most important questions.   

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