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Hilary Hodge announces run for District 3 seat on Nevada County Board of Supervisors

Hilary Hodge is running for the District 3 seat on the Nevada County Board of Supervisors.

Hilary Hodge, executive director of Sierra Commons and a Grass Valley resident, announced Tuesday that she will run for the District 3 seat on the Nevada County Board of Supervisors.

Hodge, a first-time candidate for elected office, will run against incumbent Dan Miller, who's seeking re-election.

"I love Nevada County and I want see it thriving," Hodge said. "I think we need an innovative and creative candidate and I'm that candidate."

Economic development is high on Hodge's priority list. A seven-year resident of the county, Hodge said she'd change the culture of the Board of Supervisors, support existing organizations and find innovative ways for growth.

Cannabis, while not a focus, is part of that equation, Hodge said.

"I think with tourism, there is an opportunity there," she added.

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Hodge said the economy is changing and argued that Nevada County should change with it. Director of the county's small business incubator and co-working space, Hodge said a retail model is transforming into a more experience-based one as online shopping takes the place of traditional stores.

"What people really want to do is have an experience and Nevada County provides that experience," she said.

Customers want, for example, a bookstore that provides classes and events, not books only, Hodge said.

County leaders must give careful thought to the type of growth it wants. Shopping centers should include housing, as the "strip mall" model no longer works, she added.

"As a nonprofit executive in Nevada County specializing in small business development, I know we can revitalize our community with innovative solutions," Hodge said in a release. "We can have a sustainable, thriving economy without compromising our small town charm, our rural values and our environmental beauty."

Hodge volunteers with several local nonprofits, is recording secretary for the Music in the Mountains Chorus and is on the board of the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce.

Hodge's campaign formally kicks off with a public event at 6 p.m. Aug. 30 at Summer Thymes Bakery & Deli, 231 Colfax Ave., Grass Valley.

To contact Staff Writer Alan Riquelmy, email ariquelmy@theunion.com or call 530-477-4239.