Lamphier to run against Spencer in supervisor race

Terry Lamphier of Grass Valley will run against incumbent John Spencer for the District 3 Supervisor’s race.

The deadline to enter races for the June election is the end of this week.

Lamphier and Spencer are politically opposed on nearly all issues, so it will be a closely watched, contentious race.

District 3 is evenly split among Democrats and Republicans, and more than 60 percent of residents vote by mail.

Lamphier is a licensed contractor.

A list of candidates is here.

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9 thoughts on “Lamphier to run against Spencer in supervisor race”

  1. Thanks Terry! Alot of us feel John Spencer got this seat handed to him previously so I commend you for stepping up! I will look forward to actually seeing some issues in this community discussed. Please announce your website, contact info, etc so we can volunteer, etc.

  2. This should be interesting considering the over the top and insulting online posts Supervisor Spencer has made and the videos of the Supervisors meetings where Spencer has gone off insulting folks that have differing views than him.

    There are also many examples of Supervisor Spencer making off-color “jokes” at Supervisors meetings. Thank God for video recorders, NCTV and YouTube. In this electin the voters will get to see footage of Supervisor Spencer “in action” and listen to him before they vote.

    1. I second that request – I understand that at a supes meeting in ’08 (?) during a question about cutting Gold Country Stage funding, he asked each person who came forward to speak during public comment if they owned a car, and if not, he asked why. That could be taken a lot of different ways out of context like this – I’d like to see a video – but the second-hand account from one of the speakers was that it was a pretty offensive interrogation which I can definitely believe. I thought the supes aren’t supposed to interrupt public comment anyway?

      1. I third the request. Also Terry, I would like to hear about your plan to work with a 4-1 BOS, since that would be the mix if you are elected. How well would you play with others? How would you reach out to Nate, Ed, Hank, and Ted [why does that read like Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice? (-;]?

        Specifically, what would you do to reach out to Nate Beason? Nevada City and Grass Valley need to work more closely together, and the two BOS members who represent the districts in which those towns reside, must have a special relationship.

        I’d like to hear more about your plans, and I hope you are going to run at least some of your campaign in the blogosphere. Thanks.

        Michael A.

  3. Thanks for the supportive comments, folks. Please feel free to contact me at or terry for supervisor, po box 2814, grass valley, ca 95945.
    I may not get back to you right away but this is an opportunity to expand the range of representation on the Board – and your voice is welcome!

  4. Michael, my observations of Nate Beason lead me to believe that (even though we may not agree on some issues) we could work together, as he strikes me as an intelligent and reasonable man.
    I have less knowledge of the others on the Board but I have no ideological agenda and aim to work for the best interests of the County at large, as I am sure the other Board members strive to do.
    Having a wider range of views on the Board would, in my mind, represent MORE of our voters – and encourage people to be more invested in making government work for people.
    I do think the Board could be made more accessible to and do more to represent working folks, especially in these difficult times.
    Thanks for your interest.

  5. Terry,

    Thanks for your reply. I think you would be a good addition to the board and I am glad to hear that you are running. My only concern is that someone on the left side of the aisle like yourself is going to have to bend over backwards to be heard. Just yelling past the other 4 members would just be a waste of everyone’s time. It will take a seasoned negotiator to be able to find the things that everyone can mostly agree upon so initiatives can move forward. Just giving voice to the other point of view will be appreciated, but actually being able to turn that into policy will be a real trick. Best of luck.


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