Hall headed to District 1 supes win; Scofield on track in District 2 | TheUnion.com

Hall headed to District 1 supes win; Scofield on track in District 2

District 2 candidate Richard Harris, District 1 candidate Heidi Hall and Chair of Nevada County Democratic Central Committee Jim Firth at Margarita's Mexican Restaurant in Grass Valley Tuesday evening.
Laura Mahaffy/lmahaffy@theunion.com | The Union


District 1

Hall 3,746 (57%)

Strawser 2,875 (43%)

District 2

Harris 1,949 (39%)

Scofield 3,018 (61%)

Heidi Hall has appeared to have won the District 1 seat on the Nevada County Board of Supervisors, leading her opponent Duane Strawser by 3,746 to 2,875 votes, or 56.6 to 43.4 percent of the vote.

In the other contested supervisor race, incumbent Ed Scofield was on track to win re-election in the District 2 race, beating opponent Richard Harris by 3,018 to 1,949, or 61 to 39 percent.

“I’m feeling very excited about this win,” Hall said. “Humbled, thrilled. This was absolutely a team effort.”

Strawser said he was disappointed in the result, but not shocked. He prepared himself for the possible loss when he saw the first results Tuesday night.

“She had a lot of support and the county’s changing demographically,” Strawser said.

“Good or bad, the voters are going to get what they voted for,” he added moments later.

The District 1 race pitted Strawser, a sitting Nevada City councilman, against Hall, who in 2014 ran unsuccessfully against U.S. Rep. Doug LaMalfa. Hall announced her intention to run first, with Strawser entering the race after Cheri West dropped out.

The candidates, and their supporters, drew sharp lines during the campaign. Hall, endorsed by local Democrats, is an opponent of Measure W, the controversial ban on outdoor medical marijuana grows. Her supporters recently mingled with Measure W opponents, both holding their respective signs at the corner of Brunswick Road and Sutton Way.

Strawser, endorsed by local Republicans, publicly never took a definitive position on Measure W.

The nonpartisan race had a decidedly partisan feel. Hall accused Strawser of having links to the Tea Party, citing a contribution he received from Americans for Good Government. Stan Meckler, founder of the Nevada County Tea Party Patriots, said no connection exists between the Tea Party and Americans for Good Government.

Hall received contributions from prominent marijuana attorneys Stephen Munkelt and Heather Burke, as well as the county’s Democratic Women’s Club.

If the District 1 race evolved into a partisan battle, the District 2 race was defined by Measure W. Scofield voted on Jan. 12 to implement an outdoor grow ban and put the Measure W on the ballot. He strongly supported the measure’s passage.

Harris stood on the opposing side, arguing regulation, not an outright ban, would make law enforcement’s job easier.

Harris entered the race on the last possible day to declare for office. Scofield claimed his opponent wouldn’t have run for office if not for Measure W. Harris disputed that, saying the county faces more issues than only marijuana grows.

To contact Staff Writer Alan Riquelmy, email ariquelmy@theunion.com or call 530-477-4239.

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