Town hall meeting by Sutherland
Supervisor-elect Robin Sutherland plans a town hall meeting next month for the people in her district.
Sutherland said the meeting was a campaign pledge she made to District 4 constituents during coffees and get-togethers as a way to make sure voters are heard. No date or location has been set for the meeting to discuss issues in the district.
“That’s my pledge, to listen to the people,” said Sutherland. “You can’t listen to the people if you’re not out there talking to them.”
Sutherland is waiting for their cues before saying what direction she will take as supervisor.
“We’ll never have 100 percent consensus, but the majority of people will give me their viewpoints and we’ll figure it out from there.”
Sutherland pledged to work hard for the voters, whom she believes showed good character in ignoring all the mudslinging. “We have the best character here,” he said. “I love these people.”
That she is a Nevada County supervisor is sinking in now, a week after the Nov. 5 election that unofficially voted her into office by a margin of almost 1,000 votes. Elected supervisors take their posts at noon Jan. 6.
The day after the election, Sutherland was talking to her mother and accidentally said something that included the phrase “if she were elected,” which drew laughter from her mother.
“It’s like it hadn’t hit home yet,” said Sutherland. “It has hit home now.”
Since the day after the election, Sutherland has been busy returning phone calls and e-mails congratulating her.
Sutherland said one of the calls was from her opponent, Supervisor Elizabeth Martin, who congratulated her.
In preparation for taking office, Sutherland is wrapping up loose ends on a three-year school site project for her company, Phoenix West. She plans to scale back her workload in preparation for becoming a supervisor.
Sutherland said she will continue her volunteer work at Penn Valley Fire Department breakfasts and at the Head Start toy drive.
Sutherland said she has kept an eye on the District 3 supervisor’s race results, but hasn’t sat at the Elections Office monitoring the situation.
Unofficial counts show conservative challenger Drew Bedwell ahead of Supervisor Bruce Conklin by 24 votes, with more ballots to be tallied this week. The results will determine whether Sutherland will be among the board’s conservative majority or minority.
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