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5th bidder for treasurer-tax collector enters race

Dai Meagher has added his name to a crowded June 8 primary race for the Nevada County treasurer-tax collector’s spot – just in time for today’s filing deadline for most candidates.

With Darlene Woo, Rick Nolle, Tina Vernon and Bill Steele also announced, the possibility of a November runoff for the race is now apparent.

One of the candidates could win outright on June 8, but he or she would have to capture 50 percent of the vote, plus one.

If no candidate earns that plurality, the top two finishers in the primary will square off Nov. 2.

“I didn’t think the candidates who announced had a background as a CPA to offer,” said certified public accountant Meagher on Thursday.

“It’s a $100 million-plus operation that requires a strong sense of accounting and internal controls to make sure all the assets are secure,” Meagher said. “You have to know a lot about investing, too, and I felt that a CPA would best serve the county.”

The Bay Area native has lived in the Grass Valley area for seven years. He runs his CPA office out of his home, which he shares with his wife and school-age son.

Meagher is a graduate of the University of Southern California, and he also owns an accounting systems installation business. His unique first name is Welsh, and his entire name is pronounced “Day Mahar.”

Meagher said he pulled his candidacy papers Wednesday from county elections office and intends to turn them in today.

Most candidates must have their papers in at the county elections office in the Rood Center by today’s 5 p.m. deadline to become an official candidate.

Candidate papers that come in after the deadline by mail will not be valid, no matter what day they were postmarked, according to Assistant County Clerk-Recorder Gail Smith.

But for the treasurer-tax collector, assessor and Nevada City Council races, the deadline likely will extend to 5 p.m. Wednesday, March 17. In those races, incumbents are not expected to file.

Jim Dal Bon was named to replace former Assessor Dale Flippin late last year, and he has said he will not file for office.

Former treasurer-tax collector Christina Dabis, who resigned at the same time, could file, but has said she will not.

It appears that will also happen in Nevada City if incumbent Councilwoman Barbara Coffman does not file by today. She has said she won’t.

Even with that extension, fence-sitters still have another chance: The filing period for write-in candidates is April 12 through May 25.

Only Woo had turned in her papers by late Thursday for the treasurer-tax collector’s race, according to county records. Vernon and Nolle have pulled papers and are expected to turn them in by today.

Bill Steele has announced his candidacy, but had not pulled papers as of Thursday. He said earlier this week that he still intends to run.

The treasurer-tax collector race opened late last year when Dabis retired with one year left on her term. Auditor-Controller Marcia Salter is filling in until a new treasurer-tax collector is sworn in.

• Assessor, Sue Horne and Rolf Kleinhaus.

• Auditor-Controller, incumbent Marcia Salter.

• Clerk-Recorder, appointed incumbent Gregory Diaz and Barry Pruett.

• District Attorney, incumbent Cliff Newell.

• Nevada City Council, incumbent Sally Harris, Lee Griep and Duane Strawser.

• Sheriff, incumbent Keith Royal.

• Superior Court Judge, appointed incumbent Candace Heidelberger.

• Supervisor 3rd District, incumbent John Spencer and Terry Lamphier.

• Supervisor 4th District, incumbent Hank Weston.

• Superintendent of Schools, appointed incumbent Holly Hermansen and Eric Hoeffler.

To contact Senior Staff Writer Dave Moller, e-mail dmoller@theunion.com or call (530) 477-4237.

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