Former Nevada County GOP party leader announces run for District 1 supervisor seat |

Former Nevada County GOP party leader announces run for District 1 supervisor seat

John Orona
Staff Writer

Deborah Wilder, former chair of the Nevada County Republican Party, will throw her hat into the ring for District 1 supervisor, attempting to unseat first-term incumbent Heidi Hall.

Hall is the first Democrat to hold the office in more than a decade. The seat was previously held by Republican Nate Beason for three terms after former board member and Democrat Peter Van Zant did not run for re-election.

The five seats on the Nevada County Board of Supervisors are nonpartisan.

Wilder has been a labor and employment attorney representing management for more than 30 years and volunteers locally in community organizations like Women of Worth, The Friendship Club, and the Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital Foundation.

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In her political life, Wilder was formerly the mayor of Foster City and secretary of the California Republican Party. She’s currently California Republican Party North Region vice chair, a position she said she may resign if elected to the board.

“I represent all voters in the district. My job is to represent everyone that knocks on my door,” Wilder said. “This is a nonpartisan position and I plan to run the race that way.”

According to the Fair Political Practices Commission, a conflict of interest only arises based on a person’s conduct, meaning simply holding the two positions would not create a conflict.

Hall, who could not be reached for comment, also works as a California Department of Water Resources manager and volunteers as a court-appointed special advocate for children.

Hall has not yet made a public declaration on whether she’ll run for re-election.

District 1 encompasses Cascade Shores, Deer Creek, the Highway 174 corridor, Nevada City and the unincorporated areas of Banner Mountain.

Along with District 1, Districts 2 and 5 will also be up for grabs in the March 2020 election.


According to Wilder, if elected she would focus on affordable housing, homelessness, broadband internet and emergency preparedness.

“I don’t think they’ve looked at that issue of teen homelessness at all,” Wilder said. “Not a lot of people are even talking about that.”

Wilder also hopes the county will reinstitute Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training. The program trains average citizens to prepare for an emergency situation and gives them the ability to assist emergency personnel in such an event, freeing up first-responders for more critical operations.

“Citizens are better equipped to take care of themselves, their families and maybe their neighbors,” Wilder said.

District 5

District 5 supervisor Richard Anderson, representing Truckee and eastern Nevada County since 2013, announced he would not seek re-election after running unopposed last cycle.

On Friday, Hardy Bullock announced his candidacy for the District 5 seat at an event with family and friends in Truckee.


In District 2, which includes Alta Sierra, Lake of the Pines and unincorporated areas along Highway 49, Grass Valley native Ed Scofield said Monday he plans to announce his re-election plans today. Scofield has served on the Board of Directors of Sierra Nevada Children’s Services and as the Nevada County Fairgrounds’ CEO.


The deadline to file a declaration of candidacy and nomination papers for all offices is Dec. 11. The filing period for write-in candidates begins Jan. 6 and closes Feb. 18. Election day is March 3.

In 2017, the state moved the California primary elections up from June to March in an attempt to increase the state’s influence in presidential elections.

Contact Staff Writer John Orona at or 530-477-4229.

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