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Diaz a true moderate

Nate Beason’s supporters are undoubtedly right when they maintain that their choice for District 1 supervisor is honorable, informed, and well-intentioned. He is a self-described political “moderate” who promises, if elected, that he will “run a tight ship.” In many ways, his candidacy is commendable; obviously the Republicans of Nevada County think so. They contributed $999 to his campaign coffers.

This brings me to my dilemma: Can I justify voting for someone who is receiving the same support as, and whose signs appear in tandem with, arch-conservative District 3 candidate John Spencer? Are Beason and Spencer running as a team? Nate may call himself a moderate, but Mr. Spencer’s sympathies clearly lie with this county’s pro-growth/development interests. If elected, these two candidates can potentially “stack and pack” a board and Planning Commission whose current majorities already favor growth at all costs.

Olivia Diaz is getting my vote not only because she is eminently qualified, but because she understands that Nevada County’s environmental health, and the need for carefully planned growth, are top priorities. We need at least one voice of reason on the board, and that voice is Olivia’s, because she is truly a political moderate.

Mary B. Brock

Nevada City

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