A rest before the rematch
The top two candidates for the Nevada County Board of Supervisors’ District 1 seat didn’t always see eye to eye during the recent months of campaigning.
However, after knocking on thousands of doors and engaging in numerous candidate debates, rivals Olivia Diaz and Nate Beason agreed Wednesday they will both take a brief hiatus before gearing up for a November rematch.
Since neither candidate got more than 50 percent of the vote Tuesday, Diaz and Beason will proceed to a runoff in November. The candidate who receives the most votes will prevail as the District 1 supervisor to replace Supervisor Peter Van Zant, who did not seek re-election.
“I’m feeling very happy I won round one,” said Diaz, who took the highest percentage of votes in the district. “I have to make some decisions, but we’re not going to regroup for a while.”
She mustered 3,647 votes, or 45 percent, Tuesday, compared to Beason’s 38-percent share with 3,080 votes, according to unofficial elections results. Josh Ramey, who said he plans to endorse either Beason or Diaz later this week, received 1,307 votes, or 16 percent.
Diaz said she plans to spend time with her family, to reconnect with the Federation of Neighborhood Associations, and to educate herself more on the issues.
“The last seven months, I had to learn a lot … about the Farm Bureau and the ag elements,” Diaz said. “It felt like I had gone back to college.”
Diaz said her campaign platform, such as enforcing the general plan without exception, will largely remain the same, but there is a special project in the works. She refrained from giving any details.
Diaz’s campaign supporters spent Wednesday taking down signs, as did Beason’s team.
Like his opponent, Beason is “definitely going to take a break,” he said. He is not making any campaign plans right now. However, when he does get back into election mode, Beason said, he doesn’t plan to change his technique of personally reaching out to voters.
As for the election results, which showed Beason was less favored than his opponent, he said, “I am pleased that I am still in the race.”
Beason said he is encouraged by the number of votes up for grabs since Ramey will not advance to the November election.
Local election results
Nevada County Board of Supervisors
(More than 50% needed to win)
Nate Beason 3,080 38%
Josh Ramey 1,307 16%
Olivia Diaz 3,647 45%
Write-in 18 0%
Steve O’Rourke 1,993 27%
Sue Horne 5,415 73%
Write-in 21 0%
Ted Owens 2,921 95%
Write-in 169 5%
Steve Cottrell 656 23%
Ruth Poulter 581 21%
Sally Harris 822 29%
David McKay 730 26%
Write-in 9 0%
100% of county precincts reporting
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