The county assessor race, supposedly a nonpartisan race that should go to a person most qualified to be a tax assessor, has turned into a highly partisan race as well — just like the county clerk-recorder one.
It shows how elections still shape up in our small, rural county — though I do believe the voting patterns are changing, as I’ve written before. Perhaps this helps explain the political “bear hug” approach that comes with supposedly nonpartisan races like tax assessor or clerk recorder.
The list of people endorsing former county supervisor Sue Horne provides an example. They largely include fellow Republicans, as well as some people who always told me they were sticklers for people with the proper career credentials — no matter what your political stripe. George F., are you out there?
Sue, who lost to Dan Logue for our state assembly race, also was considering running for (and boning up on the qualifications for) the county treasurer-tax collector slot, according to my sources.
For assessor, Sue is running against Jim Blashford, who has years of experience working in a county assessor’s office. Blashford was a runner-up for the appointed post of assessor, when Dale Flippin retired early. Supervisors Nate Beason and Ted Owens are supporting Blashford. Both Sue and Jim live in Lake of the Pines.
In a county with a high unemployment rate and few high-paying jobs, the assessor’s salary also is worth noting: It pays $123,000 annually, not including benefits — three times what a supervisor makes.
Here’s the list of people who support Sue, according to her website. Why isn’t the local media reporting this information?
Rene Antonson, Nev Co. Supervisor, Ret.
Crawford Bost, Nev. Co. Supervisor, Ret.
Christine Foster, Nev. Co. Supervisor, Ret.
Bill Schultz, Nev. Co. Supervisor, Ret.
Yolanda Cookson, Grass Valley City Councilwoman
Dan Miller, Grass Valley City Councilman
Patti Ingram Spencer, Grass Valley Mayor, Ret.
George Foster, Nevada City Treasurer, Ret.
Georgie Coulter, Nevada Union High School District Trustee
Aaron Kline, Sierra Community College District Trustee
Nancy Palmer, Sierra Community College District Trustee
John Drew, NID Board Member
Don Carey, Lake of the Pines Assoc. Board Member
Chuck Lautrup, Lake of the Pines Assoc. Board Member and Past President
Lisl Hicks, Lake of the Pines Assoc. Board Member, Past President (Ret.)
Community & Business Leaders
Bob and Karen Baldwin
Wes and Mary Baumgardner
Fred and Margie Buhler
Gregg and Rona Cook
Dick Corn, Nev. Co. Assessment Appeals Board Member
Hank and Karen DiPillo
Bill and Susan Drown
Debbie and Alan Edgars
Jack and Phyllis Feller
Henry and Sheri Fiser
Harold and Patricia Graves
Larry Harley, Past President of Nev. Co. Association of Realtors
George and Pat Harper
Don and Nancy Herman
Bruce and Louise Ivy
Alan and Barbara Kilborn
Bob and Debbie Krogman
Allen and Sabine Ostrofe
Jeff and Erin Pardini
Coy and Bobbie Powell
George and Joann Rebane
Terry and Maxine Robinson
Ed and Diane Rossovich
Maj. Gen. Orlo “O.K.” and Katherine Steele
Russ and Ellen Steele
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