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About 200 residents turn out for County Candidates Forum

Feared outbursts and confrontations did not materialize Thursday night at the Nevada County Candidates Forum.

Instead, all 18 candidates for 11 offices in Nevada County presented themselves to the public at the event that some thought might get out of hand because it was co-sponsored by the Nevada County Tea Party Patriots.

It didn’t happen and The Union Editor-Publisher Jeff Ackerman assured the calm gathering of about 200 that Tea Party members had nothing to do with selecting the questions answered.

The Union and KNCO radio also put on the event, which drew spectators across the political spectrum.

“I have ancestors who go back to Sam and John Adams, so anything with the Tea Party on it attracts my attention,” said Mary Goodman of Nevada City. “I wanted to see what they were all about.”

Goodman said she was also there to make sure no racist statements were made against candidates because, “The Adams family was against racism.”

Perhaps the youngest member of the predominantly older crowd was Joe Swabeck, a senior at Nevada Union High School.

“I’m interested in what’s happening in local government,” Swabeck said. “This is the first year that I could vote, so I wanted to be well-informed.”

Helping keep the peace was Tea Party crowd monitor Royce Larson.

“I’m here because I’m interested in what the candidates have to say,” Larson said.

Auditor-Controller Marcia Salter was impressed with the program, and showed up although she is running unopposed.

“It’s a great opportunity for everyone, candidates and the voters,” Salter said. “This is the first opportunity I’ve had in front of a large group.”

District Attorney Cliff Newell is also unopposed, but said he felt compelled to attend and speak to the crowd.

“You should never take your position or your constituents lightly,” Newell said.

For full coverage of the forum, see Saturday’s edition of The Union.

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

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