Swarthout to try for City Council | TheUnion.com

Swarthout to try for City Council

Nine-year Grass Valley Planning Commissioner Lisa Swarthout announced Thursday that she has her sights set on a City Council seat.

“I am really passionate about our community. I am involved in the community, and I don’t have any sort of personal agendas. This has been my home for a long time,” Swarthout said Thursday.

Swarthout has run for City Council twice before – once in 1998 and again in 2002. She said she does not count those experiences as losses.

“I didn’t lose, I just didn’t win. The only time I think you lose is when you don’t try and make a difference.”

She said she decided to run for City Council because she would like to be involved with the policy-making side of city planning. She cited traffic as the most important problem facing Grass Valley today. Swarthout was involved in helping the planning commission create a master plan for streets recently.

“I think the city really needs to examine their policies on the growth,” she said.

Swarthout said she plans to run a grassroots campaign, spending time walking around Grass Valley neighborhoods and arranging casual events for people to get to know her.

“My strategy is to find out what people care about,” she said.

Swarthout’s family moved to Nevada County in 1977 and has owned Mill Street Clothing Company for 15 years.

Three seats on the Grass Valley City Council will be up for election on the November ballot.

Councilwoman Linda Stevens has said she will not seek re-election. Stevens will instead try for the Nevada County Board of Supervisors opening created through Drew Bedwell’s recent resignation for health reasons.

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