At 10:10 pm on election night Guy Gertsch submitted the following concession statement to Village Life.
Earlier in the day he’d been spotted on the side of the road, delivering encouragement by way of a bearhug to challenger Terry Crumpley, who defeated him that evening, an irony that wouldn’t bother him in the least. Genuine affection is the mark of the man, as is his unfailingly upbeat temperament and enthusiasm for his community.
I would like to congratulate Noelle Mattock and Terry Crumpley on their victory in the El Dorado Hills CSD race this evening. They will both serve our community well over the next four years.
It has been an honor and a privilege to serve the El Dorado Hills community over the past four years. We have an amazing community with great opportunities for the future.
I believe it is important to leave an organization better when you joined it. I know that is the case with the strong leadership in place and the results our board has accomplished over the past four years.
We have grown the reserve to over $6 million by right-sizing the CSD and exercising fiscal accountability, upgraded the community pool, renovated the gymnasium, and completed many essential park projects, including Promontory Park Phase II, Jeff Mitchell Field and Lake Forest Park.
The completion of Windsor Point Park in 2013 will fulfill two long standing promises to the residents of El Dorado Hills, the other being Lake Forest Park.
The CSD has strong leadership in place with Brent Dennis as the General Manager and the CSD board in place. The CSD is also very close to launching two initiatives for our community that I have been striving to complete: the creation of a 501c3 non-profit and a formal volunteer program.
There are great opportunities for our community to work together to make El Dorado Hills work for everyone. I encourage you to seek out opportunities to serve each other.
Serving your community is one of the greatest efforts you can engage in. It certainly has been for me.
Thank you for the opportunity to serve such an outstanding community. I look forward to a strong future for El Dorado Hills!
Best regards, Guy Gertsch
As board president during a tumultuous 2011, Gertsch was the primary media contact for the district, a difficult position which he handled with a kindheartedness and dignity that was often missing in the coverage of his board, their actions often motivated by events shrouded in the secrecy of closed sessions and right-to-privacy constraints.
Guy Gertsch, you will be missed.
– Mike Roberts