Ramey endorses Beason | TheUnion.com

Ramey endorses Beason

After an unsuccessful bid for Nevada County supervisor last week, Josh Ramey hopes to put his portion of the District 1 voter pool behind candidate Nate Beason.

A 29-year-old political newcomer, Ramey garnered 1,307 votes, or 16 percent, in the March 2 primary, according to unofficial election results. On Monday, he announced his endorsement of Beason, who will face Olivia Diaz in a November runoff.

Beason, who got 38 percent of the vote in the district that includes Nevada City, said he is “very pleased” with the endorsement, but he declined to speculate what effect it will have on his campaign.

Several Beason supporters argued after the March 2 primary that Ramey spoiled the election for Beason. If so, Ramey’s endorsement could have a significant difference in the November runoff.

Diaz said she doesn’t think Ramey’s supporters will automatically flock to Beason. Diaz took the most votes last week, with 3,647, or 45 percent.

“I suspect voters will make up their own minds based on the issues important to them,” Diaz said.

After meeting with the candidates and their spouses in his Peardale home, Ramey said Beason’s views were most like his.

“He understands longtime residents’ way of life and won’t try to over-regulate us,” Ramey said. “(And he) believes that there shouldn’t be restriction on effective firefighting anywhere in the county.”

Ramey also credits Beason for blowing the whistle on the potential impacts of the proposed new developments.

“Nate listened when people talked about traffic and made it an issue; now we are all listening,” Ramey said. “We don’t agree on everything, but Nate and I are definitely on the same page.”

Since no candidate received more than 50 percent of the vote last Tuesday, top candidates Diaz and Beason will face off again in November. The candidate who receives a majority of votes will replace District 1 Supervisor Peter Van Zant, who did not seek re-election.

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