Bio: Michael Raffety has been editor of the Montain Democrat in Placerville, Calif., since 1986, the longest serving editor since the paper began as the El Dorado News in 1851. Before coming to work for the Mountain Democrat in 1978 he worked for the Amador Ledger. Raffety has reported on the El Dorado Irrigation District since 2008. He has a BA from San Francisco State Universiy and and an MA from California State University, Sacramento. He also taught part-time for Folsom Lake College from 1980-2003.