Nevada County Supervisor Hank Weston will seek a third consecutive term on the board of supervisors, he announced this week.
“It was extreme encouragement to run by a lot of people throughout the district, and they wanted me to run again,” Weston said Wednesday.
Weston initially announced his candidacy during a Nevada County Farm Bureau event Saturday. He will join Fran Cole and Jedediah Biagi in the competition for the District 4 seat on the board.
The district encompasses Penn Valley, North San Juan, Rough and Ready, Lake Wildwood, Spence–ville and incorporated areas along Highways 20 and 49.
“There are a lot of projects within the fourth district that I want to see accomplished,” Weston said.
The 70-year-old Weston, who had a lengthy career in the fire service, said he carefully considered what another four years would entail but decided he had the expertise and background necessary to steer the county through some impending difficulties.
Foremost of which, the state retirement system, known as CalPERS, has seen its unfunded liabilities rise after the economic downtown occurred in 2008, Weston said.
As a result, CalPERS has called upon the county to pay nearly $1.3 million annually over a period of five years. Weston said his budgetary experience will be crucial in making sure the county manages the coming increase in costs appropriately.
Other projects include the reconfiguration of the McCourtney Road Transfer Station, addressing deficiencies in Penn Valley’s wastewater treatment infrastructure and installing appropriate fire protection sprinkler systems in the North San Juan area.
“I think I am in the best position to see it through,” Weston said.
Weston was originally elected as District 4 supervisor in June 2006 and then again in 2010. He has lived in Nevada County since 1989 and currently resides in Lake Wildwood with his wife, Kandy. The couple has two grown daughters.
To contact Staff Writer Matthew Renda, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 530-477-4239.