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Conklin, Stevens prepare for election

The Union staff

Former Nevada County Supervisor Bruce Conklin and Grass Valley Councilwoman Linda Stevens have picked up candidate’s packets, kicking off the race for the November election.

Both candidates hope to claim Drew Bedwell’s District 3 supervisor seat, which Bedwell will vacate Tuesday to undergo cancer treatment.

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is charged with selecting an interim replacement for the nonpartisan seat, but he has no deadline to make that appointment.

Conklin’s name has been submitted to the governor for consideration, said Mary Longmore, chairwoman of the Nevada County Democratic Central Committee.

“Whether the government appoints me or not, that’s not important,” Conklin said Friday. But if selected, Conklin said he was committed to keeping the board “as nonpartisan as possible.”

In 2002, Bedwell claimed Conklin’s seat with a 19-vote margin. As a property-rights activist, Bedwell is both praised and vilified for shifting the balance of the Board of Supervisors to the right.

The Third District covers Grass Valley and surrounding areas.

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