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Council election a done deal?

There may not be an election for Grass Valley City Council this year, with only three candidates on the ballot for the three open seats. Contenders for the seats are Grass Valley Planning Commissioner Lisa Swarthout, businessman Dean Williams, and florist Mark Johnson.

In a surprise development, Johnson filed just before the 5 p.m. Wednesday deadline, and incumbent councilman Steve Enos, a land-use planner, pulled out of the race. Neither could be reached for comment.

Speaking about the minimum number of candidates for the three seats, Grass Valley City Clerk Bobbi Poznik-Coover said, “We have never had this happen before.” She said it is up to the City Council to make a decision about what to do.



They can choose to have the three candidates declared council members by default, or they can permit the election to go ahead and allow write-in candidates, Poznik-Coover said. The county elections office will need time to review the law and determine what steps should be taken next, she said.

Williams is an office manager and Swarthout owns a clothing store. Of the two other incumbents in seats up for grabs, barber shop owner Linda Stevens is running for county supervisor, and retiree DeVere (Dee) Mautino decided not to run again.




Filing was extended until Wednesday at 5 p.m. to allow more residents an opportunity to file for a seat, but none made the deadline.

The Nevada County Board of Supervisors also will be faced with making decisions about who will fill positions on the boards of special districts that lack sufficient candidates for an election.

These districts include the Beyers Lane Community Service District, the Mystic Mine Road Community Service District, the LOP Ranchos Community Service District and the San Juan Ridge County Water District. Two proposed districts, the Nisenan Park and Recreation District and the San Juan Ridge Park and Recreation District, also lack candidates.

In contests for the Board of Supervisors, the top elected office in the county, the survivors from the District 1 primary ” retired businesswoman Olivia Diaz and retired Navy officer Nate Beason ” will face off again on the November ballot.

In District 3, in addition to Stevens, the candidates are former supervisor Bruce Conklin, a former businessman, and county planning commissioner John Spencer, a surveyor. They are seeking the seat vacated by Drew Bedwell, who resigned for health reasons earlier this year.


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