Biagi declares candidacy for supervisor in 2014 | TheUnion.com

Biagi declares candidacy for supervisor in 2014

Matthew Renda
Staff Writer

Jedediah Biagi, who unsuccessfully ran for Nevada County Supervisor in 2012 as a write-in candidate, will give it another try in 2014, albeit in a different district.

Biagi, who will begin to establish a steering committee in the coming weeks, will run for the District 4 seat currently occupied by Hank Weston, Biagi said.

Weston, who was first elected in 2006, said he is still unsure whether he will run for another term on the board.

He is currently the chairman.

Biagi last ran for the District 2 seat currently occupied by Supervisor Ed Scofield.

Last November, Biagi managed 57 votes (less than 2 percent of the vote) while Scofield garnered 5,141 votes (98 percent).

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However, this time around Biagi, who has since moved to Lake Wildwood, believes having his name on the ballot and time to properly campaign for a seat will make a difference.

"My platform will focus on the right to self-governance," Biagi said.

Biagi said local control has been consistently compromised by influence from the state and federal government.

Biagi has consistently shown up at board of supervisors' meetings, particularly those that relate to the medical marijuana ordinance.

He said he is opposed to the ordinance as currently framed but does believe a cultivation ordinance of some sort is necessary.

Biagi said the ordinance and a recent egg inspection by the state government are examples of how individuals from outside Nevada County are attempting to control local residents' way of life.

Weston said he still has about six months to make a decision.

"I will make a decision by November," Weston said.

District 4 includes the communities of Penn Valley, North San Juan, Rough and Ready and Lake Wildwood.

The district also includes unincorporated areas along Highways 20 and 49.

To contact Staff Writer Matthew Renda, email mrenda@theunion.com or 530-477-4239.

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