Passion for preservation |

Passion for preservation

As former planning director for Nevada County, I served under Bruce Conklin throughout his term as supervisor. I was consistently impressed with Bruce’s “hands on” knowledge of the issues facing his district, as well as his insight into the larger world of local, regional and statewide issues that impact our county.

This knowledge and insight was put to good use due to Bruce’s deep concern for the people in his district. Bruce seemed to have more personal knowledge than any supervisor I have worked with of his constituents’ individual issues and concerns. Bruce’s interests also extended to preservation of the rich historic resources of Nevada County.

With these lasting impressions of Bruce Conklin, I have been dismayed to read the concerted attacks on Bruce from The Union’s publisher. It’s clear that it is this newspaper’s agenda to see him defeated in November.

Due his passion for historic preservation, for the North Star House in particular, it seemed a natural fit for Bruce to seek a role in restoring the house, and to ensure the project received the necessary funding. To read sinister and selfish motives into Bruce Conklin’s motives is to misunderstand the character I have known these past few years.

Mark R. Tomich

Grass Valley

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