Hansen won’t run for supervisor | TheUnion.com

Hansen won’t run for supervisor

With the filing period for the Nevada County District 3 supervisor race drawing to a close, potential candidate and thrift store owner Randy Hansen said Thursday he will not run for the seat. Along with his decision, he announced his endorsement of former Supervisor Bruce Conklin.

The seat has been open since Drew Bedwell resigned for health reasons June 2. Bedwell ousted the incumbent, Conklin, by 19 votes in 2002. The race this year is expected to be of high public interest as Conklin seeks to regain his old seat and two more contenders ” John Spencer and Grass Valley City Councilwoman Linda Stevens ” join the fray.

Hansen said he made the choice after speaking with Conklin and realizing they share many similar views. He said he believed, “if I continued in this endeavor then those in the community that believe like we do would split votes between both of us and probably cause the Nader effect on the election.”

Hansen said the issues he believes that Conklin also supports are smart and slow growth in the county, programs for youth, the mentally ill, and victims of substance abuse, and the environment ” specifically opposing any damming of the Yuba River. Hansen said he would have run for one of the three open Grass Valley City Council seats, but he lives just outside the city limits and is ineligible.

Another deciding factor for withdrawing was, if elected, Hansen would need to resign from several positions he holds in the mental health field, he said. Hansen is currently a member of the Mental Health Board, the Substance Abuse Advisory Board, Project Jumpstart, National Alliance for the Mentally Ill, Harmony Hill Homes Foundation, and Minds in Recovery.

Hansen said he is not affiliated with any individual party and believes that the best way to get things done is to vote for issues and people rather than parties. “I hate the polarization (of nonpartisan positions) here,” he said.

Hansen says he may be back for the next cycle of elections and plans to stay involved.

“I am sure this is not the last of me,” he said.

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