No word in the local press, but there will be no Democrats table alongside the Republican and Libertarian ones at Thursday’s county-wide candidate forum sponsored by the Tea Party Patriots, The Union and KNCO.
Individual members may attend or not as they see fit. Some are objecting to what they see as more of a rally and fundraiser for Tea Party supported candidates such as Barry Pruett for clerk-recorder and Sue Horne for assessor. Others will go.
“It was a tough decision,” Margaret Joehnck, the county’s Democratic Committee’s Executive Board Chair, told me on Tuesday. “The committee didn’t want to make it look like we were in support of the Tea Party’s agenda.
“I know the Tea Party is working to be a sincere watchdog group, but that isn’t how they come across.”
Joehnck said the Democratic Party should have been involved in the beginning to help organize the event, along with Republicans and Libertarians — a true bi-partisan effort. She also said KVMR and yubanet.com should have been invited to participate, not just The Union and KNCO. NCTV wasn’t invited either.
She expressed hope that one day that might happen here. Nevada County voted for Barack Obama for President and Charlie Brown for Congress in the last general election — both Democrats.
Joehnck said she was informed by organizers there will be an empty table at the event anyway, with the Democrats sign on it. She was not very pleased about that.
“There will be some tables out in the lobby for any literature you might want to bring,” according to an email from Elaine Meckler of the Tea Party. “There will be voter registration tables in the lobby that will be set up by the Republicans, Democrats and Libertarians.”
A journalism perspective on The Union and KNCO co-sponsoring the event with the Tea Party is here.
The Nevada County Candidates Forum will be held at 6 p.m. on Thursday, April 1, at the Grass Valley Veterans Memorial Hall at 255 S. Auburn St.
Each candidate gets up to two minutes for an opening statement. Each candidate will be asked three questions and their answers are limited to 90 seconds. There will be two minutes between races to get candidates on and off the stage.
Assessor, 6:05 p.m. — Sue Horne, Rolf Kleinhans
Auditor-Controller, 6:22 — Marcia Salter
Clerk-Recorder, 6:31 — Gregory Diaz, Barry Pruett
District Attorney, 6:48 — Clifford Newell
N.C. Council, 6:58 — Sally Harris, Duane Strauser
N.C. Sheriff, 7:22 — Keith Royal
Super of Schools, 7:32 — Holly Hermansen
Superior Court Judge, 7:41 — Candace Heidelberger
Supervisor, Dist 4, 7:50 — Hank Weston
Supervisor, Dist 3, 8:00 — John Spencer, Terry Lamphier
Treasurer-Tax Collector, 8:17 — Darlene Woo, Tina Vernon, Rick Nolle, Dai Meagher