10:00am – Candidates, volunteers work on last-minute details | TheUnion.com

10:00am – Candidates, volunteers work on last-minute details

Dan Burkhart Mike Bringolf works alongside Cat Cook as they prepare promotional flyers at Bruce Conklin's head quarters.
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In the last 12 hours of the election, it was surprisingly calm at Bruce Conklin’s headquarters off Bank Street in Grass Valley.

Volunteers and campaign manager Paul Matson at 9 a.m. were relaxed and all smiles as they attended to last-minute details.

Matson was there starting at 7 a.m. to help the supervisor candidate put up an election sign.

No stranger to local politics, Matson is a former mayor and council member of Nevada City City Council. He has worked on Conklin’s campaign for one year “because I believe in the candidate.”

He actually prefers running the election.

“This is better. Once the election is over, I can do something else,” said Matson, who does sports marketing when he’s not running election campaigns.

Matson said 900 volunteers have helped throughout the year, with positions ranging from walking the district to contributing financially.

At 9 a.m., one of those volunteers, Karen Cox, was on her way home from campaign headquarters. Her volunteer work wasn’t finished for the day – Cox was merely going home to bake brownies for tonight’s party.

This is Cox’s second time working for Conklin’s campaign.

“I want our supervisors to be responsive to the people and the environment, especially the environment,” said Cox, explaining why she has spent 12 hours a week in the last few months supporting Conklin.

At the Republic Party headquarters a few blocks away off E. Main Street, no one was there yet. That will change within hours. Tables

were already filled with party celebrations for later tonight.

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