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City Council of Nevada City

Kerry Arnett

Age: 46

Occupation: Business Manager



Family: Married to Char for 22 years

Education: Bachelor of science, history, Central Michigan University, 1986; master of Arts, history, Central Michigan University, 1988




Civic affiliation: board member, South Yuba River Citizens League since 1990; board member, Western Nevada County Slo-pitch Softball Association since 1993; founding member, Western Nevada County Recreation Services; member of the Famous Marching Presidents; founder of the Mystic Order of the Moon Pie, A Joe Cain Society

What is the biggest issue facing Nevada City?

The most immediate issue facing the next City Council will be finding a replacement for departing City Manager Beryl P. Robinson Jr.

How will you address it?

A thorough advertising, interviewing and selection process is essential. But in addition to the necessary skills and abilities, the successful applicant will need to understand and appreciate that Nevada City is a place like no other. Good chemistry is every bit as important as a good resume.

Why are you running?

Serving on the City Council, especially the past two years as mayor, has been a personally rewarding experience. It allows me the opportunity to give something back to Nevada City. I enjoy working with people of differing opinions and backgrounds to reach an agreement that benefits everyone. Most importantly, as a council member I’m able to take a proactive, hands-on approach to keeping Nevada City the very special place that it is.

Why should people vote for you?

My voting record at the council table reflects the promise I made to the people of Nevada City four years ago to maintain the quality of individual neighborhoods and preserve our unique, small-town atmosphere. I support the planning process that has created this environment. I listen to the people of Nevada City and treat everyone coming before the council with respect. I would like the opportunity to continue working to protect our Nevada City.

Denis Kutch

Age: 66

Occupation: Architect

Education: Bachelor’s degree, architecture, University of Southern California, 1959; master’s degree, architecture, University of California, Berkeley, 1966

Family: single; two children; two stepchildren

Affiliations: Music in the Mountains; County Building Standards Board of Appeals

What is the biggest issue facing Nevada City? How will you address it?

The main issue is strengthening our residential and business neighborhoods in the face of economic uncertainty.

We need to improve the condition of our city streets, reduce traffic congestion, and work on our water questions.

Why are you running?

A new city manager, a general plan update, budget questions, and improving the quality of neighborhood life are only a few of the major issues Nevada City is facing. Creatively solving such challenges has been a part of my professional life for over 40 years. I am excited about doing this for our city!

Why should people vote for you?

I have the experience and drive to provide the sober, common-sense leadership the residents and businesses need and deserve. My dedication is to the people. I will answer to them, not some special interests or political machine.

Conley S. Weaver

Age: 68

Occupation: Architect and innkeeper

Family: wife Mary Louise Weaver and daughter Sydney Weaver

Education: Bachelor’s degree, College of Architecture, University of California, Berkeley, 1956

Affiliations: National Trust for Historic Preservation, member; Nevada County Historical Society, member; Victorian Society of America, member; founding

What is the biggest issue facing Nevada City? How will you address it?

I don’t consider that there is any one issue facing Nevada City.

We have several issues: selecting a new city manager, keeping our parks and paths safe, and solving the question of providing affordable housing in Nevada City.

Selection of the new city manager: We’ll just continue the process that has already started, and very carefully screen the applicants we expect from the western states to ensure that the successful candidates are qualified and understand the unique character and quality of Nevada City.

Parks and paths safety: I have been a longtime advocate of having our police provide foot patrol on a regular basis to maintain a constant vigilance and contact with the people.

Affordable housing: We need to continue our efforts to provide a mix of affordable rentals and other size units in all new developments.

Why are you running?

I’m running for the City Council to do what I can to protect our unique community, the very rare small-town character that we have, and our neighborhoods that are individual and charming.

Why should people vote for you?

For my experience as a practicing architect for over 40 years and my experience on the planning commission, which I currently chair.

All this background has made me well prepared to strongly support the retaining of the character of our neighborhoods, our community, and our new and historic buildings.


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