Election 2010: Lamphier launches race against Spencer for county supervisor | TheUnion.com

Election 2010: Lamphier launches race against Spencer for county supervisor

Terry Lamphier has pulled nomination papers to run against incumbent John Spencer for the District 3 supervisor spot in the June 8 primary election.

Lamphier will be an official candidate if he turns the papers back in by Friday at 5 p.m., as he is expected to do.

“There are people I respect who are encouraging me to do this,” Lamphier said Tuesday afternoon. He did not say who that was, but said he would have a more definitive campaign kickoff statement ready soon.

The announced candidate said his initial run against Spencer for the Grass Valley area supervisor’s spot in 2006 was closer than he expected, and those results encouraged him to try again.

Lamphier got 1,990 votes, or 42 percent, in that election to Spencer’s 2,773 votes for 58 percent.

“I had considered it a personal victory to get that much on a shoestring budget,” Lamphier said of that race. “I spent $4,000.”

Spencer had no comment about Lamphier’s candidacy, saying he would if Lamphier turns in his papers by Friday and becomes an official candidate.

Lamphier ran for Grass Valley City Council in 2008 and came in fifth behind council members Lisa Swarthout, Yolanda Cookson and Jan Arbuckle.

Before he ran for supervisor in 2006, Lamphier had been appointed to the Grass Valley Planning Commission. He was voted off by board members that year after running an op-ed piece in The Union about city growth.

To contact Senior Staff Writer Dave Moller, e-mail dmoller@theunion.com or call 477-4237.

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