Candidate asks all, even foes, to mixer |

Candidate asks all, even foes, to mixer

In the season of political promises and posturing, Nevada City City Council candidate Steve Cottrell is offering something a little different Wednesday: “No damn speeches.”

Cottrell, who is seeking his fourth term on the council, is turning the table on the politics-as-usual forums that find candidates lined up in front of community and business groups. Instead, The Committee to Elect Cottrell is hosting the Fourth Quadrennial All-Candidates Social Mixer, with “social” being the operative word.

In the advertisement for the mixer, Cottrell promises “no auction,” “no arm-twisting,” and “no damn speeches.”

Not only that, but he has invited other candidates to attend – including those contending for the Nevada City council.

“Sally Harris was wondering if I had some ulterior motive,” Cottrell said, “and I told her, ‘Not at all.’ She can bring her campaign signs if she wants.”

“It’s kind of a way to take the edge off,” said Nate Beason, a candidate for District 1 supervisor. “I wouldn’t miss it. We’re trying to run that type of campaign.”

Cottrell has held the pre-election mixers since 1992, with a variety of candidates showing up to rub elbows with the electorate. That includes candidates for city council, county supervisor, Superior Court judge, district attorney, the state Assembly and Senate, and the U.S. Congress.

“I held the last couple of mixers at McGee’s (a Broad Street night spot), but since I am inviting every registered voter in Nevada City this time, I’ve moved it to the National Hotel,” Cottrell said. “We’ll send out for some pizzas.”

Olivia Diaz, who is also vying for the District 1 seat, said she will try to work the mixer into her busy campaign calendar, which is booked up Wednesday evening.

“I’ve heard about it and thought it was a very nice idea,” she said. “Maybe I can get there at the end.”

While Cottrell predicts “lively conversation,” he is asking attendees to “leave your dueling weapons at home, OK?”

The mixer, which is free to the public, will be held at the National Hotel at 211 Broad St. from 6 to 9 p.m.

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