Diaz seeks a return to office | TheUnion.com

Diaz seeks a return to office

The job of Nevada County chief of elections and records has caught the eye of a man who has had eight years of experience serving San Francisco County as its deputy clerk-recorder.

Gregory Diaz, a resident of the Grass Valley area since 2003, confirmed Thursday he plans to throw his hat in the ring for this county’s clerk-recorder spot.

“I like to do the job and I know how to do the job inside and out. I think I can benefit the county,” he said.

The job is currently held by Kathleen Smith, who was appointed in June 2004. Smith announced in January that she also plans to seek re-election, making this race the first in this election year in which a challenger has stepped forward to face an incumbent.

Diaz said he knows it can be tough to win a race against an incumbent, particularly for this kind of office, but said “I play to win. I am running on my qualifications.”

Diaz served for eight years as deputy clerk-recorder in San Francisco, as well as several years as assistant to the Placer County Clerk-Recorder. He retired from the San Francisco office in 1998. He now works for the San Ramon-based company Exigent Computer Group, Inc., a company that provides computer software to the public sector.

If elected, he said “my goals are really to have the most professional office in California.” He said he would like to see the office take advantage of all the legislation that is available to county recorder offices, such as the recent passage of electronic information systems.

He said he plans to run a “grassroots campaign. I do not have a whole lot of money.”

Diaz lives off McCourtney Road on a 10-acre lot with his wife, Katherine. The couple has two daughters who are now attending college.

Diaz pulled by his initial candidate paperwork Tuesday, which means he can now begin collecting signatures that can be substituted for the required filing fee. Each signature collected is worth about 25 cents.

Monday is the first day candidates can officially file to run in the June 6 election.

To contact staff writer Brittany Retherford, e-mail brittanyr@theunion.com or call 477-4247.

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