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July 26, 2013
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Many offices up for grabs in Nevada County 2014 election


With the 2014 California Primary Election less than a year away, election season is now fully underway.

Grass Valley Mayor Dan Miller’s announcement of his candidacy for the District 3 seat currently occupied by Supervisor Terry Lamphier unofficially commenced Nevada County’s campaign season.

The two candidates traded pointed barbs through the newspaper and other media outlets, questioning each other’s communication skills and ability to represent their constituents’ interests effectively on the highest regional public decision-making board.

The District 3 seat on the board of supervisors is one of several public seats and/or offices up for election in 2014.

District 4 Supervisor Hank Weston’s four-year stint on the board is set to expire in 2014. Jedidiah Biagi, who ran unsuccessfully against Ed Scofield for the right to represent District 2 in 2012, has already professed his intention to run for Weston’s position.

Weston, the current board chairman, said he has yet to determine whether he will run for his third consecutive term on the board but will make a decision by November.

Many high-profile county offices are up for grabs in the coming calendar year.

Sheriff Keith Royal, who has presided as Nevada County sheriff since Dec. 31, 1998, will be up for election should someone choose to oppose his candidacy.

The Nevada County district attorney’s office will also be available for qualified candidates. Cliff Newell was elected as the D.A. in 2006 and won the bid for another four-year term in 2010.

The office of Nevada County clerk-recorder/registrar of voters occupied by Greg Diaz; the office of assessor occupied by Sue Horne; the office of auditor-controller occupied by Marcia Salter; and the office of treasurer-tax collector occupied by Tina Vernon will also all be up for election.

The term of Holly Hermansen, Nevada County superintendent of schools, will expire in 2014.

Also, according to previous reports, the six-year terms of Nevada County Superior Court Judges Sean P. Dowling and Linda J. Sloven are set to expire in 2014.

The primary election is slated for June 5, 2014, and all the aforementioned seats and offices will be on the ballot.

If any candidate running against two or more opponents receives a majority of the vote (50 percent plus one vote), that person wins the seat outright. However, if no candidate receives a majority vote, the top two vote-getters will face off in the November general election.

While a handful of candidates has announced an intention to run for office, the official declaration-of-candidacy period begins Feb. 10 and extends until March 7 of next year, according to the California Secretary of State.

If an incumbent does not file during that time, the period is extended slightly by four days (March 8 through March 12).

The last day for California voters to register for the June primary election is May 19. The vote-by-mail period begins May 5 and extends to May 27.

As of March 2013, a member of the board of supervisors is paid about $39,000 in annual salary, with the chairperson garnering about $41,000.

The sheriff is paid about $146,000, and the district attorney makes about $154,000, according to the staffing list provided by Nevada County Human Resources.

The offices of clerk-recorder/registrar of voters, assessor, auditor-controller and treasurer/tax collector all command an annual salary of nearly $119,000.

To contact Staff Writer Matthew Renda, email mrenda@theunion.com or 530-477-4239.


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