Jewett-Burdick easily wins as clerk-recorder |

Jewett-Burdick easily wins as clerk-recorder

Incumbent Lorraine Jewett-Burdick is the apparent easy winner of the Nevada County clerk-recorder’s race, leading her opponent Kevin Waggoner by a substantial margin Tuesday night, according to unofficial results.

Jewett-Burdick said the margin was a vote for her improvements, and against negative campaigning.

“I think it shows decidedly that the voters appreciate the improvements I’ve made in the Clerk-Recorder’s Office, and that they do not appreciate ugly, negative campaigns,” Jewett-Burdick said.

Waggoner waged a tough battle in a campaign Jewett-Burdick described as “ugly.”

Waggoner, a former supervisory elections assistant, claimed that Jewett-Burdick hired a $40,000-a-year personal assistant, spent thousands of dollars on Web sites and newsletters, increased the costs of school and fire district elections, and raised the price of some recorder’s services.

The allegations apparently failed to grow legs, though, and Waggoner was down by a substantial margin last night.

“Obviously, I would have hoped to have done better,” he said.

Waggoner disagreed with Jewett-Burdick’s assessment of his campaign, calling it, “positive and informative.”

“I don’t know where she got that from,” said Waggoner, saying that maybe she was referring to some letters printed in The Union. “I think we can both sleep well, knowing we didn’t do anything to harm the stature of that office.”

The 2002 Clerk-Recorder’s race was the second in a row pitting Jewett-Burdick against an elections clerk.

In 1998, Jewett-Burdick beat elections clerk Deni Dax to gain her first term as Nevada County clerk-recorder.

County clerk-recorder vote totals

Lorraine Jewett-Burdick


Kevin Waggoner


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