Businessman seeks board seat |

Businessman seeks board seat

Mark Heauser, a Nevada Union High School graduate and co-owner of two Nevada County repair shops, has officially announced his decision to run for one of two seats on the Nevada Joint Union High School District board.

Heauser, 43, is vying for the Chicago Park-area seat being vacated by board President Charlie Compton, who earlier indicated he would not be running for a third term on the school board. High school parent and community volunteer Vicki Downs has also announced her intention to file for the seat being vacated by Compton.

No one has formally announced plans to run for the Penn Valley-area seat being vacated by two-term incumbent Diane Correll.

The filing period for the school board seats begins Monday.

Heauser, a 1978 graduate of Nevada Union, co-owns Plaza Tire with his brother. Mark Heauser is the parent of three children, including a 15-year-old son who will be attending Nevada Union in the fall.

“We’re going to do this,” Heauser said. “We’ve been getting firm support from the community.”

Heauser has served on Little League boards in the past, the Nevada Union Junior Miners advisory board, and is currently a volunteer with Nevada County 4-H. He is a charter member and past president of the 49er Rotary Club in Nevada City.

He is probably most familiar to parents and students as the announcer at Nevada Union’s home football games at Hooper Stadium.

Heauser’s father-in-law, Tim Kays, was a longtime teacher and coach at Nevada Union.

In seeking a seat on the board, Heauser said he’d like to be a part of positive changes he sees at the 4,200-student district.

“The future looks very exciting, and I think the district is truly headed in the right direction.”

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