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Local artist David ‘Sparky’ Parker to run for Nevada City Council seat

Teresa Yinmeng Liu
Staff Writer

With only two days left before the deadline to declare candidacy for the June Municipal Election, Nevada City staff said they have received the first filing for a city council position.

According to Nevada City Clerk Niel Locke, David “Sparky” Parker returned his declaration of candidacy on Tuesday, officially announcing his bid in the upcoming June race for a spot on the City Council.

Parker, a local artist and community member who played a crucial role in launching the Famous Marching Presidents in the Constitution Day Parade, confirmed with The Union on Wednesday his decision to run for public office, but declined to comment further on the matter before the candidate-filing period ends on Friday.

Parker has been a resident of Nevada City for 46 years, and was on the Sierra Community College Board of Trustees for 21 years. He created the Famous Marching Presidents parade in 1988. Parker’s art show has been featured regularly at Grass Valley’s The Center for the Arts.

He is the only person who has filed papers for a seat on the five-member council, two days before the March 11 deadline by which all current office holders interested in reelection must declare candidacy. Locke said the only other person who has filed paperwork with the City Hall is himself. Locke, the incumbent city clerk, will be up for reelection for the office in June.

Nevada City Mayor Jennifer Ray, council members Terri Andersen and Robert Bergman would all face re-election in June.

“I am considering options at this point — that includes running a second time,” Ray told The Union in an email. Andersen expressed similar sentiments, telling The Union that she is still considering whether to run. Bergman declined to comment Wednesday.

Council member Duane Strawser is vying for the District 1 Seat on the Nevada County Board of Supervisors vacated by Nate Beason. He announced his bid in November and will be running against Heidi Hall, a Grass Valley resident and a 2014 Congressional candidate.

Locke said if Strawser wins the District 1 seat race and resigns, then the Nevada City Council members will have to appoint someone to take over Strawser’s seat.

“He has to resign first,” said Locke. “Then the council makes their decision.”

All incumbent council members seeking reelection are required to file their declaration of candidacy before 5 p.m. Friday. If they don’t file before the Friday deadline, then other candidates interested in running for City Council will have until 5 p.m., March 16, to declare.

To contact Staff Writer Teresa Yinmeng Liu, please call 530-477-4236, or email tliu@thunion.com.

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