County races broaden – new candidates for schools chief, assessor |

County races broaden – new candidates for schools chief, assessor

Local races have broadened for the June 8 primary election, with Eric Hoefler taking out preliminary papers for Nevada County Superintendent of Schools and Rolf Kleinhans doing the same for assessor.

Hoefler expects to run against appointed incumbent Holly Hermansen, who replaced former superintendent Terry McAteer after he resigned in May 2007.

Hoefler first came to the area in 1976 after building a cabin at Cascade Shores. He was a businessman in France before becoming a teacher, and moved to Nevada County to live in 1999.

“I’ve seen some things that really need to change,” Hoefler said Thursday. “We’re top-heavy in education.

“We have way too much administering of children, (rather) than teaching children,” Hoefler said. “The funds have to start trickling back down into the classroom.”

The new candidate and his family live in Nevada City. He said he is earning his administration credential needed for the job through Chapman University.

Kleinhans now makes it a three-way race for assessor, with former county supervisor Sue Horne and appraiser Jim Blashford already taking out preliminary papers.

Kleinhans is a real estate broker, financial consultant, certified appraiser and a member of the Nevada County Economic Resource Council.

“I know I can make a difference,” Kleinhans said. “I have tons of real estate knowledge in this market, and I think I can do a good job for this community.”

All candidates must file declaration of candidacy forms between Feb. 16 and March 12 to officially be in the race.

The other local candidates who have filed preliminary papers to run so far, or have said they would file, include:

• Superior court judge, appointed incumbent Candace Heidelberger.

• Clerk-recorder, appointed incumbent Gregory Diaz and attorney Barry Pruett.

• Supervisor, 4th District incumbent Hank Weston, 3rd District incumbent John Spencer.

• Auditor-controller, incumbent Marcia Salter.

• Treasurer-tax collector, county executive analyst Tina Vernon, businessman Bill Steele

and county probation office fiscal manager Darlene Woo.

• Sheriff, incumbent Keith Royal.

To contact Senior Staff Writer Dave Moller, e-mail or call (530) 477-4237.

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