Jonathan Valdman, a local businessman and candidate for Nevada City Council, has dropped out of the election. After meeting with his opponent, Evans Phelps, Valdman says he believes she’s more qualified for the job.
Valdman says that after meeting with Phelps, he became convinced that she’s more qualified for the position. He also expressed support for her political values.
“She’s got a lot more experience, and a lot more time on her hands to really focus herself,” Valdman told The Union. “Instead of splitting a vote, I’d rather cast my vote for her.”
Two of the five seats on the Nevada City Council were open to challenge in this year’s election, and there were three official candidates prior to Valdman’s announcement. There will now be only two candidates for two seats; incumbent Duane Strawser will keep his seat on the council, and Evans Phelps will likely be seated by appointment.
Valdman’s name will still appear on the ballot, but he’s asking his supporters to vote for Phelps.
Had Valdman formally withdrawn his candidacy by the filing deadline, 5 p.m. on March 12, his name would not need to appear on the ballot. Assuming that no additional candidates had filed, it would have been unnecessary to go to the expense of conducting an election.
According to city staff, the last council election cost Nevada City roughly $2,225. They anticipate similar costs associated with this year’s election, despite the fact that Strawser and Phelps are now running unopposed.
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