Sue Horne, who is running for county assessor, has reponded to the voluntary candidate’s question posted here over the weekend, joining Rolf Kleinhans and Keith Royal. Thanks Sue.
Why is one of your biggest campaign contributors a Grass Valley Mobile Home park?
“Forest Springs Mobile Home Park is owned by the Tucker family. The Tuckers have lived in Nevada County for 40 years. The Hornes and the Tuckers have been friends and connected since the late 1980′s when our children became classmates. Our oldest son and our daughter continue to be close friends with the Tucker boys and daughter. Several of the Tucker family members live in the South County.
“The Tuckers have been financial supporters of mine for several of my races. They have supported me because we have shared values, and they have expressed to me that they appreciate my ethical and effective leadership and my conduct as a public servant. They believe that I have the executive management skills necessary to best lead the Office of the Assessor.
“I would like to address the conflict of interest issue as it relates to financial contributions. Without contributions from supporters, only candidates who would be able to afford to self-finance would run. It takes money to get your message out effectively as a county-wide candidate. Contributions are an expression of free speech and indicate the level of support in a community for a candidate.
“This contribution information is disclosed through the reportable financial reports so the public has knowledge of who the candidate is receiving support from. My Assessor campaign has received over 100 contributions from a broad and varied spectrum of primarily local businesses and individuals, not from out of county interests.
“I am acutely aware of the potential appearance of a conflict of interest in regard to valuing any individual property (particularly campaign supporters) and that is why as Assessor, I would take the advice of our interim Assessor, and I would not pen my signature to any individual field report. I will closely monitor the field work and review disputed reports, however, I believe as a public servant, your service is to be above reproach.”
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