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Jim Firth and Jerri Glover declare for Grass Valley City Council

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With Mayor Dan Miller moving up to the board of supervisors and Councilman Jason Fouyer up for reelection in 2014, there are two seats on the Grass Valley City Council open to challenge in the general election this November.

As of Monday morning, there are at least two candidates looking to put their names on the ballot.

Jerri Glover, an entrepreneur with a legal and administrative background, said politics have very little to do with her motivation to run for city council.

“Because I’ve received so much, it’s now time for me to give back,” Glover said. “That’s my motivation for wanting a council seat.”

Glover grew up in Abilene, Texas, and moved to Grass Valley six years ago. She now runs Nevada County Makes, a home business promoting local makers.

“We kicked off to help our local artisans and crafters build their cottage industry businesses, providing them with some collaborative opportunities and support and feedback on ways to take their kitchen-table crafts to the next level and start an actual business,” Glover said.

She’s also passionate about creating leadership opportunities for young people in the community, getting them involved in decision-making and creating an economic environment where they can prosper.

“That’s the kind of effect I’d like to see here,” Glover said. “Developing our infrastructure to a point where they attract businesses that can pay a good living wage so the cost of living isn’t a problem.”

Jim Firth, chairman of the Nevada County Democratic Party, is making his second bid for the Grass Valley City Council after a previous run in 2012. For him, it’s definitely about politics.

“It’s time to end the reign of the good old boy/girl network,” Firth said.

“I’m running against complacency, I’m running against the status quo. I want to see the economic development so that we are creating an economy that can attract families rather than pushing our kids out of the county,” Firth said.

Firth takes issue with the way that Measure N funds are being spent.

Revenue generated by that sales tax measure is being used to fund paid positions in the city’s police and fire departments, buy a fire engine and repair city streets.

But Firth said there’s an important element missing from the list.

“The way that Measure N was promoted at the time was to have monies to hire a drug enforcement liaison for the police department, to bring up the staffing levels and to repair the streets and sidewalks in Grass Valley,” he said. “The one that they haven’t hired (drug enforcement) is the one they promoted as the necessary officer.”

He’s also interested in making Grass Valley’s downtown area more inclusive and inviting. Readers interested in finding out more about Firth’s political and economic views can look to the op-ed columns he’s submitted to The Union in recent months.

To contact Staff Writer Dave Brooksher, email dbrooksher@theunion.com or call 530-477-4230.

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