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Our Town: Placer County Supervisor has a heart for service. Gold Country Media (2020)

Being an Auburn native, Jim Holmes has served the community he calls home in more ways than one.

“Auburn is a really unique community,” he said. “There are so many opportunities to get involved. And I also always say, if you’re not involved in anything in Auburn, you’re not breathing.”

Holmes grew up off Highway 49 where the family had a frosty stand, gas station and 6-acre ranch, and the self-proclaimed “country boy the city came to” learned the value of hard work while working in all three.

After graduating from Placer High School, Holmes attended Sierra College, where he obtained an associate of arts degree. Holmes was then accepted at Chico State University, Humboldt State and Sacramento State. He decided to attend Humboldt State because he loved the area around the school and could avoid the temptation of coming home.

After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in political science, Holmes took a four-month trip to Europe. Holmes shared during his trip he stumbled upon the coronation of the king of Sweden while exploring Stockholm and a demonstration following the assassination of Salvador Allende, the president of Chile, while walking around in Amsterdam.

Despite enjoying his exploration of Europe, Auburn was where Holmes’ heart remained.

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