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4 of 5 supes throw support to Scofield

Four out of five county supervisors have endorsed county fair CEO Ed Scofield to replace their fellow board member Sue Horne for District 2 supervisor, going against her choice for businessman Alan Kilborn.

District 1 Supervisor Nate Beason, District 3 Supervisor John Spencer, District 4 Supervisor Hank Weston and District 5 Supervisor Ted Owens have endorsed Scofield.

“I’m very honored. There’s a very fine Board of Supervisors now. I hope I can add to that,” Scofield said.

The announcement from Scofield’s campaign comes after a prominent Republican group, “Citizens for Responsible Government in Nevada County,” endorsed Kilborn.

At the time, the group, including well-known local Republicans Kim Janousek and Robert Ingram, noted it was instrumental in “retiring liberal county supervisors Bruce Conklin and Izzy Martin in 2002.”

“When one Republican Party endorses one candidate and the Republican establishment endorses another, I don’t know what to think,” said Bob Joehnck, former candidate who voters eliminated from the District 2 supervisor race in June.

Besides the four supervisors, Scofield has support from Sheriff Keith Royal, Grass Valley police Chief John Foster, Nevada City police Chief Lou Trovato and retired assistant district attorney Ron Wolfson, according to Scofield’s statement.

Royal’s spouse, Jeanette, has been actively involved in Scofield’s campaign and has contributed money to it. She also is a member of the county fair board, as is Wolfson.

Kilborn said he was surprised by the supervisors’ endorsements.

“I am absolutely taken aback,” he said. “I don’t want to be one of the good old boys. I’m not going there to make friends with the board. I’m going there to represent my district.”

Horne, a longtime resident of the south county, also said she was surprised by the overwhelming support by her colleagues for Kilborn’s opponent.

“I believe after having been a resident of the south county community for 28 years, I know the communities, I know the people and I know no one on the board knows their needs and concerns and interests better than I.

“I think I’m the best prepared of my colleagues to know who would be the best person to represent my constituents,” Horne said.

Before Scofield entered the race, Horne endorsed Kilborn early in his campaign over county Planning Commission chair Laura Duncan.

Scofield contributed to Horne’s race for the state Assembly, he said. Horne lost in June to Yuba County Supervisor Dan Logue.

Kilborn helped build the firm, California Edison Utilities Co. Inc., in San Diego, which he sold in 1998. He has served as a street certified reserve officer for the Rocklin Police Department.

Kilborn has the most private sector business experience of any current supervisor or candidate for supervisor, according to his supporters.

Scofield grew up in Nevada County, and besides his 26 years managing the county fair grounds, has served as a Grass Valley City Council member and president of the Nevada County Grass Valley Chamber of Commerce.

The state of California is divided into 54 District Agricultural Associations. The fairgrounds are operated on behalf of the state.

He has known Weston and Spencer for a number of years and during his campaign has gotten to know Beason and Owens.

“I had already endorsed him. I’m not a johnny-come-lately,” Weston said, who said he has been a personal friend of Scofield’s for a long time.

“Mr. Kilborn has not contacted me for a meeting of any kind,” Owens said.

To contact Staff Writer Laura Brown, email lbrown@theunion.com or call 477-4231.

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