Council race is on for Nevada City |

Council race is on for Nevada City

It took a while to sort out, but it turns out that Nevada City will indeed have a contested election for City Council.

Planning Commissioner Robert Bergman and former Councilman Gene Downing both filed before Wednesday’s 5 p.m. deadline for the race for three open council seats.

They join incumbent Councilman David McKay, running for his third term, and PowerUp-NC co-founder and council newcomer Reinette Senum, who filed last week. A fifth person, city resident Roderick Wiley, took out papers on Thursday but did not return a declaration of candidacy, said deputy city clerk Corey Shaver.

“It looks like we’ll be having an election,” Shaver said. “If only three had filed, we wouldn’t have.”

In the District 2 county supervisor race, lawyer Robert Joehnck filed his candidacy papers. He will run against Alan Kilborn and former county fair director Ed Scofield for the seat being left vacant by Sue Horne, who is running for the 3rd Assembly District seat being vacated by Rick Keene, who has reached the legal limit to his term.

The election for the races will be at the June 3 primary.

Kilborn is in the lead in the District 2 race, at least in terms of filing required campaign paperwork: He filed his intention to run with the Nevada County Elections Office in June 2007, and he loaned his campaign $1,000 in the period ending Dec. 31, according to campaign expense reports he filed in February. No one has filed to run against District 1 Supervisor Nate Beason, who still has received $3,212 in contributions, with a cash balance of $3,985 by Dec. 31, according to documents he filed at the elections office. Donors included retired county Superior Court Judge Ersel Edwards, who contributed $250; Penn Valley rancher Melvin Brown, Cedar Ridge resident David George and Nevada City resident and Marguerite Buhler, who all donated $100. Beason also has said he received a contribution from Lowell Robinson of Nevada City. George also is treasure for Kilborn’s campaign committee.

The next filing deadline for campaign contributions is March 24, an elections office worker said.

An election for three seats on the Grass Valley City Council will be held in November.

To contact City Editor Trina Kleist, e-mail or call 477-4230.

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