Nevada County election forums start Thursday |

Nevada County election forums start Thursday

Keri Brenner
Staff Writer

Nevada County voters are invited to get up close and personal with candidates in the upcoming elections starting Thursday at the first of a series of League of Women Voters' forums.

California's "top two" primary elections are June 3. The top two vote-getters, regardless of political party, will move on to face off against each other in the November general elections.

Thursday's event, which includes candidates for two contested Nevada County supervisors' races, will be held at 7 p.m. in the supervisors' chambers at the county's Rood Center in Nevada City.

Attending will be incumbent District 3 Supervisor Terry Lamphier and challenger Dan Miller.

Also attending will be incumbent District 4 Supervisor Hank Weston and challengers Fran Cole and Jededia Biagi.

The league moderator for the forum will be Dottie Schmidt.

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According LWV spokeswoman Ruth Schwartz, both the public and the media will be able to ask the candidates questions during the event.

"Each candidate will have a two-minute opening statement and a two-minute closing statement," Schwartz said.

After the opening statements, the questions will alternate between those on cards submitted by the audience and those voiced directly by media personnel covering the event.

"The cards will be checked for duplications and to screen out personal questions," Schwartz said.

Question cards will be collected from the audience at the beginning of the event and by runners during the session.

The candidates will have one-and-a-half minutes to respond to each question.

"We ask for two things of the audience," Schwartz said.

"Save your applause for the end — don't applaud in the middle — and don't bring any political items or campaign literature inside the forum."

She said tables will be set up outside the meeting room for campaign T-shirts, brochures, signs or other materials.

Other forums in the series, all at the same location, include:

— 7 p.m. Thursday, April 3: Superior Court judge seat 1 (open seat, no incumbent)

Candidates: Angela Bradrick, Anna Ferguson, Jeff Ingram, Jeffrey Lake and Robert Tice-Rankin. Moderator is Polly Bacich.

— 7 p.m. Thursday, April 10: district attorney

Candidates: Incumbent Cliff Newell and challenger David Alkire.

— 8 p.m. Thursday, April 10: Superintendent of schools

Candidates: Incumbent Holly Hermansen and challenger Paul Haas.

— 7 p.m. Thursday, May 1 (likely cancelled): U.S. House of Representatives, District 1

Candidates: Incumbent Doug LaMalfa has declined to attend. Challenger Heidi Hall has agreed to attend, but the league must have at least two candidates to hold the forum, according to Schwartz.

If no other candidates surface by the filing deadline of March 27, and if LaMalfa still does not wish to come, the forum will be cancelled, Schwartz said.

Dan Levine of Butte County was said to be a Democratic challenger. but it was not immediately clear if he would be at the forum.

— The Nevada City Council forum has also been cancelled since there are now two candidates for two seats with the recent withdrawal of Jonathan Valdman. The two candidates are Evans Phelps and Dwane Strawser.

For more information, see the League of Women Voters' website,,

To contact Staff Writer Keri Brenner, email or call 530-477-4239.

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