Support, but no vote on State of Jefferson in Sutter County
Special to The Union
There will be no vote in Sutter County on the State of Jefferson, but the board of supervisors will consider a resolution supporting secession from California at its next meeting.
Each board member told the room packed with State of Jefferson advocates on Tuesday they supported withdrawal of North State counties from the rest of California.
But when Supervisor Jim Whiteaker made the motion to hold a special election in November to let voters decide if Sutter County should support being part of a new state, it was defeated 3-2.
Supervisors Stan Cleveland, James Gallagher and Ron Sullenger voted no. Supervisor Larry Munger supported Whiteaker.
Instead of holding a special election, which would cost the county about $15,000, the board of supervisors directed county staff to return at the next meeting July 22 with a nonbinding resolution expressing the county’s support of the State of Jefferson.
While Whiteaker, who supports the State of Jefferson, said he understood the board’s decision, he said a vote of support by the people would mean more at the state level than a vote of support by five county supervisors.
Gallagher said a special election would essentially amount to a $15,000 statement of dissatisfaction about the California government that wouldn’t have an effect on the formation of a separate state, which requires approval by the Legislature and the Congress.
Gallagher said a resolution of support from the board would be the likely result of a November election.
In a June 1992 election, 66.25 percent of Sutter County voters answered “yes” to the question, “Should California be split into two states?”
Gallagher also noted the State of Jefferson faces a long road and that there will be other chances in subsequent elections for Sutter County voters to voice their opinion. The State of Jefferson has roots in the concept that rural North State counties lack a voice in a Legislature controlled by politicians from urban areas who do not share the same values and face different issues than rural counties.
Andrew Creasey is a reporter for the Marysville Appeal-Democrat. He can be reached at 749-4780 and on Twitter @AD_Creasey.
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