Blashford bows out of assessor’s race
Senior Staff Writer
The on-and-off campaign of Jim Blashford for Nevada County assessor is now off for good, and the race could be settled in the June 8 primary because only two candidates remain.
Blashford said Thursday his run against former Supervisor Sue Horne and real estate broker Rolf Kleinhans was “more than I bargained for,” financially and personally.
“I was overwhelmed by the amount of fundraising and campaigning I had to do,” said the appraiser for the Placer County Assessor’s Office. “It looked like with three candidates it might drag on into November, and there were no guarantees.”
County races with more than two candidates can be won outright at the primary with 50 percent of the vote, plus one. If no one gets that plurality, the top two finishers square off in a November runoff.
Blashford first appeared on the scene when former County Assessor Dale Flippin stepped down late last year. The southern Nevada County resident applied in December to the Board of Supervisors to fulfill Flippin’s term through this year, but lost out to former Marin County Assessor Jim Dal Bon.
At the time he applied, Blashford said he would not run for assessor unless he was appointed. He reasoned that it would be hard to get elected without the name recognition that a full year in office would bring him.
Blashford later changed his mind and decided to run in January.
“I was getting offers of support I hadn’t counted on,” Blashford said. The picture got cloudy for him again when Kleinhans entered the fray.
It was the second withdrawal from the race that has seen a whirlwind of activity in the last few months.
Supervisor Ted Owens backed out after Blashford entered the race. Owens said he also had second thoughts about leaving his supervisor’s post, and then threw his support to Blashford.
“I wish Jim well,” candidate Horne said. “This changes the dynamics of the race for now, because it will be decided in June unless someone else enters the race.”
Kleinhans could not be reached for comment.
To contact Senior Staff Writer Dave Moller, e-mail email@example.com or call (530) 477-4237.
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