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Two new candidates emerge in election race

Brittany Retherford
Staff writer

Two more area residents have stepped forward with plans to seek election in the 2006 primary race, according to the latest reports from the Nevada County Clerk-Recorders Office.

Timothy Jensen, an Auburn-based attorney who lives in Nevada County, pulled his initial paperwork Tuesday for the seat of Superior Court Judge Carl Bryan, who is retiring this year.

“I am thinking about it, I want to see if I can garner up some support,” he said Thursday morning.

Jensen said he specializes in civil law, with an emphasis on real estate issues. He has lived in Nevada County since 1990.

Additionally, Gregory Diaz, a former deputy recorder for San Francisco County and current Nevada County resident, has pulled paperwork for the seat of clerk-recorder. Kathleen Smith now occupies that post and has said she will seek re-election. She was appointed in June 2004 ago by the Board of Supervisors.

Diaz was not immediately available for comment Thursday morning.

The paperwork pulled by both Jensen and Diaz is called the “in-lieu” petitions, which enable them to gather signatures instead of paying filing fees. Each signature collected is worth about 25 cents.

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