Scofield and Kilborn advance in supes race
South County voters narrowed a race for District 2 supervisor to conservatives Ed Scofield and Alan Kilborn, eliminating third candidate Bob Joehnck from the run.
In the final results, Nevada County native Scofield led the trio with 2,162 or 45 percent of the votes, and Kilborn collected 1,919 at 40 percent of the votes. Another 749 or 15 percent of the voters cast their ballot for land use attorney Bob Joehnck.
Candidates needed 51 percent of the votes to be elected in the primary election.
“We’re both pretty conservative, and this is a pretty conservative county,” Kilborn said during an election night party at the Northridge Restaurant on Combie Road with supporter Supervisor Sue Horne.
“I have a wonderful team. It’s made all the difference,” said Ed Scofield, from his home in Alta Sierra Tuesday night where friends and family had gathered on the back deck for barbecued hamburgers.
Children played on the lawn and a child’s sign with the words “Papa will win, go Papa” was written in colored marker on the front door.
Scofield will retire this fall from his 25-year post as the county fair’s chief executive officer.
In a noisy bar during election night, Kilborn confessed over a glass of cabernet sauvignon that he had no idea campaigning for supervisor would cost so much.
“I wish this could be done today. I don’t want to bug my friends for money anymore,” said Kilborn, who has contributed thousands of dollars of his own money into his campaign.
Scofield says traffic issues on Combie Road and troubled developments such as Dark Horse will be top priority if he is elected in November.
A reserve policeman and decorated veteran, Kilborn, a Lake of the Pines resident, is supported by Horne for his dedication to public safety and his strong stance on property rights.
Addressing traffic issues, Highway 49 safety, drug problems, establishing productive outlets for youth and planning for the county’s future economic vitality will be top priorities if made supervisor, Kilborn said.
Latecomer in the race, Bob Joehnck, offered an environmental approach by supporting limited growth in South County to preserve the small rural feel of the region and avoid looking like “downtown Yuba City.”
Joehnck spent the fading sunlight of evening with decadent deserts, drinks and friends from his home in the horse county of the Lake of the Pines Ranchos.
Supervisors Nate Beason and Ted Owens ran uncontested in their districts.
Beason celebrated at Friar Tucks in Nevada City while Owens said he planned to spend the evening quietly watching the returns on television from a Grass Valley motel room. He was preparing to speak at Wednesday’s Sierra Ozone Summit.
“I’m curious about all the other races,” Owens said.
To contact Staff Writer Laura Brown, e-mail email@example.com or call 477-4231.
Supervisor District 2
n Ed Scofield 45%
n Alan Kilborn 40%
n Bob Joehnck 15%
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