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Town of TruckeeCandidate for Council Member

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Suzie Tarnay

Engineer In Training
1,803 votes (9.59%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Balance new economic development with community needs and environmental concerns
  • Increase transparency and outreach to all sectors of the community
  • Focus on solving the affordable housing crisis



While I am originally from the east coast, I felt an immediate affinity for Truckee my first winter in 1994/95. Since then I have gone to graduate school, gotten a Master’s degree in Civil Engineering, been married 15 years, traveled, worked and raised a family. In the last twenty-some years, I haven’t found anywhere that even comes close to embodying the work/life balance better than Truckee. I am grateful everyday that my family and I get to live in the Sierras.


Within the last year and a half I have gotten involved in local politics. I regularly attend town meetings, predominantly the twice-monthly Town Council meetings. With my Civil Engineering and mathematics background I have found these council meetings to be incredibly compelling. Our town is currently in a growth phase, and there are numerous viewpoints as well as technical facets to consider for every project. I have found myself digging into traffic reports, pouring over site plans and talking to anyone who will spare me the time.


In addition I have attended multiple Planning Commission and PUD meetings, and even a Hospital District meeting once to lobby our district board to support a statewide universal healthcare plan. After seeing some disconnect between decisions happening at some of these meetings and how friends and acquaintances felt about a few of the issues, I also canvassed local neighborhoods and businesses about upcoming town and district hearings. In this process I have authored two petitions and collected over 600 signatures.


I am deeply invested in this community. My kids attend the local public schools, where I am a weekly volunteer and substitute teacher. The kids have gotten so good at skiing, I can no longer keep up with them at the ski hill. I have played hockey with the women’s league for years and finally worked up the nerve to join the co-ed hockey league last winter. In years past, I was involved in the rock climbing and bouldering communities as well. I am currently active in the mountain bike community and have met friends, local legends, and fellow enthusiasts out on the trails.


I am a Mom, a math nerd, and an outdoor enthusiast. My husband and I were married in the area, my first child was born locally and I have weathered terrible loss here with the help of an amazing and supportive community. I have enjoyed unprecedented opportunity here and want to help ensure that generations to come have the same prospects.

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