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Strawser to run for Nevada City council

Nevada City businessman Duane Strawser will join incumbent Councilwoman Sally Harris in a run for two seats on the City Council.

Though several candidates have announced their campaigns for local, county and statewide posts, Tuesday is the first day they can officially file for office.

Feb. 16 through March 12 is the period for filing declarations of candidacy and nomination papers.

Candidates for most offices will file their papers with the Nevada County Elections Office, on the second floor of the Rood Administrative Center, 950 Maidu Ave., Nevada City.

Strawser and Harris – and others who may yet declare their intentions – must file at City Hall, 317 Broad St., downtown. The position is unpaid for a four-year term.

No one else has said they would run for the two open seats on the council. Harris’ term expires, and fellow Councilwoman Barbara Coffman has said she will not run for re-election after her single term.

Challenging times are ahead for the town, facing declining sales tax revenue, but anticipating a needed boost from the coming 2010 Amgen Tour of California bicycle race, which begins in Nevada City on May 16.

Strawser owns the Tour of Nevada City Bicycle Shop with his wife, Connie.

If elected, he would strive to have the council and Nevada City Chamber of Commerce work more closely together, Strawser said.

He has been a board member of the chamber for 13 years, including three terms as president.

Strawser is the volunteer promoter of the Nevada City Bicycle Classic and considered largely responsible for landing the first stage of the Amgen Tour.

“There are several very important issues facing Nevada City in the next few years that are critical to (its) economic future and quality of life, and I would like to be a part in helping to make those decisions,” Strawser said.

“The caliber of the 2010 Nevada City Chamber board of directors has allowed me to feel comfortable in stepping aside to shift my priorities to help Nevada City move forward into the future on crucial topics that are outside of the Chamber’s general focus,” Strawser said.

“Despite tough economic times, our current City Council and the Chamber have the potential to sustain and create additional positive momentum.”

Harris declared her intentions on Feb. 4, after serving six years on the council, including as mayor. Her term includes appointment, then election, to fulfill the term of Sheila Stein, who resigned.

“I believe I have developed a keen sense of the priorities, needs and issues of our Nevada City residents,” Harris said.

“Bringing my business and finance background to bear, I will continue to help Nevada City operate within the constraints of a small-town budget (and) work toward strengthening and diversifying our revenue sources.”

Harris’ roots in Nevada County date to the 1850s, she said. She served on the Nevada County Civil Grand Jury for the 2002-03 year; she is a member of the Nevada County Transportation Commission and the Nevada County Transit Services Commission; and she has participated in various city committees.

Her business background includes a master’s degree in business and time at Intel Corp., Oracle, Macromedia Corp. and as finance director for The Union.

To contact City Editor Trina Kleist, e-mail or call (530) 477-4230.

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