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After uncontested race, county supervisor Owens looks ahead

TRUCKEE – After the relative ease of an unopposed race for Nevada County supervisor, Ted Owens is sizing up the challenges of representing the giant geographic area of District 5. While his time on the Truckee Town Council has prepared him well for just about anything, he said, there are some things that just can’t be avoided.

“It’s always like being the new kid in a new school,” Owens said. “It’s always that awed feeling of starting over.”

Owens faced no challenger in the March 2 election for the Nevada County Board of Supervisors. In District 2, Supervisor Sue Horne easily fended off challenger Steve O’Rourke. However, no consensus of voters was achieved in District 1, where candidates Nate Beason and Olivia Diaz are planning for a November runoff because neither achieved more than 50 percent of the vote.



As supervisor, Owens, 42, will represent a region that stretches from Washington and Graniteville in the west to Truckee and Floriston in the east.

“I think the biggest challenge will be to become as familiar with western county issues as eastern county issues,” he said.




Owens will finish out the year on the Truckee Town Council, and will begin his term as supervisor in January 2005. He hopes to forge strong relationships with Nevada County and Placer County officials and maintain his connection to Truckee decision-makers to work on regional solutions to problems that extend beyond town and county boundaries. Some of those issues include development pressures, affordable housing availability, and water and air quality.

“I want to bring Nevada County issues to Truckee in small bites,” Owens said. “I really hope to bridge that gap.”

On the future of development, Owens said he sees both sides of the issue, two viewpoints that he has tried to balance as an elected official.

“People have a right to do something with their property besides paying property tax,” Owens said. “At the same time, the community has a right of self-determination as far as what they want their community to look like.”

He pointed out Placer County’s massive Martis Valley Community Plan as a good example of development in one county that has effects in another county and another town. Owens has vocally opposed the plan’s reliance on Truckee’s infrastructure. Issues like these require the regional cooperation that he plans to bring to District 5, he said.

“Serving on the town council has been so educational for me. It will be tough to top,” Owens said. “I’m hopeful to take what I have learned here and take that with me to Nevada City.”


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