I’ve been out of town all week and haven’t talked to Nate Beason about this, but I’ve heard some citizens are trying to persuade him to run for a fourth term as supervisor.
The concern is that the seat might go too far in one direction — or the other. Tea Party activist Sue McGuire ran against Beason two years ago — and lost. No Democrat ran.
As I’ve written before, we’re represented by Nate, a Republican, in Nevada County and Jennifer Montgomery, a Democrat, in Placer County and are happy with the representation we get in both districts. The main reason: Both Nate and Jennifer focus on nonpartisan issues, believe in a “meritocracy” when it comes to decision making, and are independent minded.
Both embrace a regional philosophy too and work within our region; Nate is the current chair of the RCRC (Rural County Representatives of California), whose board in meeting in our County this month.
There’s also not much political drama out of either district — like District 3, for example. Gadzooks!
Though definitely conservative, Nate is independent minded: For example, he does not always side with the political endorsements of the hard-right leaning Nevada County Republican Central Committee, now essentially run by the “McClintock machine.”
In 2010 , Nate endorsed Greg Diaz, who happens to be a Democrat but also is more experienced, when he ran against hard-right political operative Barry Pruett for clerk-recorder. Diaz won.
In this week’s election, the County’s Republican Central Committee endorsed Tom McClintock for Congress and Paul Haas for County Superintendent of Schools. (It’s one reason Haas did so well, because the local GOP can “get out the vote.”)
By contrast, Beason endorsed GOPer Art Moore, McClintock’s opponent, and Holly Hermansen, whom Haas was challenging. (Holly is “progressive” minded). McClintock and Moore are in a runoff in November. In Placer County, Montgomery also has endorsed Moore.
One of the problems in our western County, as I’ve mentioned before, is a “governance gap,” where our governance slides too far to the right — or in the past, at least some people claim, too far to the left.
Starting in 2015, we’ll have three staunch conservatives, a moderate conservative and a liberal on our board of supervisors.
Yet our voter demographics are “purple.”
Though he’s conservative, I could envision how Nate could keep his finger in the dike, metaphorically speaking, and help keep political balance.
Democrats might disagree with me, but one advantage is that Nate can work more effectively with his own party than a Democrat could. If a liberal was elected from District 1, I suspect the votes would be 3-2 quite a bit — not very productive for the “left of center” constituents.
In our County, as in the nation, the real political “story” is the the dialogue between moderate GOPers and the hard right. If you’re a Democrat in our County, it is what it is — the Democrats just aren’t delivering enough victories in our local races. It’s a reality.