Nevada City Councilman Duane Strawser announces bid for Board of Supervisors |

Nevada City Councilman Duane Strawser announces bid for Board of Supervisors

Duane Strawser

Duane Strawser, a Nevada City councilman since 2010, announced his candidacy on Wednesday for the Nevada County Board of Supervisors.

Strawser, 52, is running for the District 1 seat being vacated by Nate Beason, who’s said he won’t seek re-election. Strawser will face Heidi Hall on next year’s ballot.

“I think it’s the right time,” Strawser said. “We just need a strong advocate for Nevada City and the 174 corridor.”

A fourth-generation resident of Nevada County, Strawser has lived here full time since 1996, when he and his wife bought the Tour of Nevada City Bicycle Shop. He’s served as a Nevada City councilman since he ran unopposed in 2010 and won re-election without opposition four years later. He’s also served on the Chamber of Commerce’s board of directors.

“I’m not a partisan-based person,” Strawser said. “I think it’s time to step up to the county level.”

According to Strawser, the county must be fiscally conservative. It also must address priorities like fire safety, medical marijuana and the potential of legalized pot, as well as homelessness.

“These are going to have to be tackled head-on,” he added.

Strawser called Cheri West’s decision against running for the board critical to his own choice. A friend of Strawser, West announced her decision in September to run. Strawser then shelved his own campaign plans.

West dropped out earlier this month, citing a possible conflict with her job in state Assemblyman Brian Dahle’s office.

Once West left the race, Strawser said supporters began contacting him and he opted to run. It’s his first campaign with an opponent.

Strawser said he’s against spending large amounts of money in a political campaign and pledged to keep any dollars he spends local.

“It really should be based on each candidate’s merits and track record,” he added.

District 1 includes Nevada City and the unincorporated areas of Banner Mountain, Cascade Shores, Deer Creek and the Highway 174 corridor.

Two other supervisor seats also are up for election in 2016. Those posts are held by Ed Scofield, District 2, and Richard Anderson, District 5.

To contact Staff Writer Alan Riquelmy, email or call 530-477-4239.

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