Beatie enters race for seat on Board of Supervisors
Rough and Ready resident and vice-chairman of Holt of California Gordon K. Beatie has declared his candidacy for District 4 supervisor.
Beatie joins Hank Weston, Penn Valley resident and former Grass Valley fire chief, and Martin Harmon, also of Penn Valley and owner of Gold Country Ranch in the Yuba Highlands, as candidates for the position.
Current District 4 Supervisor Robin Sutherland announced in December that she would not seek re-election, citing “family responsibilities” in her decision.
Beatie, who turns 62 next Sunday, said that when Sutherland made her announcement he decided to run for supervisor so “people have another choice.”
He sees fire safety and senior services as two of the area’s most important issues, but emphasized that he is in the preliminary stages of forming a position on issues. He said he will be “learning more and listening to people” from now until the election.
Beatie, who has spent most of his life in Nevada County, said he has “seen a lot of changes (in the area) and likes most of them,” noting the high quality of the education system.
Two years ago Beatie started working part-time for Holt of California, a Pleasant Grove-based company which sells Caterpillar equipment and services. Prior to that, he was an owner of Tenco, which merged with Holt.
Beatie said he has experience working with youth as a member of the board of a Sacramento area Boys and Girls Club and community college. He said he has also worked in the lines fighting forest fires. He is a registered Republican, and the office is non-partisan.
His wife, Lindy Beatie, is director of the Nevada County United Way.
Since switching to part-time employment, Beatie said has spent more time building his home in Rough and Ready and regrowing dormant orchards on the land.
Primary elections are scheduled for June 6. The deadline for declaring candidacy is March 10.
To contact staff writer Josh Singer, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 477-4234.
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