Would Beason run for a fourth term for County Supervisor in 2016?


Dutch boy Hans Brinker holding back the sea.
Dutch boy holding back the sea.

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.


Author: jeffpelline

Jeff Pelline is a veteran editor and award-winning journalist - in print and online. He is publisher of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine and its website SierraCulture.com. Jeff covered business and technology for The San Francisco Chronicle for years, was a founding editor and Editor of CNET News, and was Editor of The Union, a 145-year-old newspaper in Grass Valley. Jeff has a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and a master's from Northwestern University. His hobbies include sailing and trout fishing.

3 thoughts on “Would Beason run for a fourth term for County Supervisor in 2016?”

  1. It would be great to have a civil multi-faceted discussion to try and sort out the fundamental assumptions and consistencies of the liberal and the conservative mentalities. We use the labels easily, yet both ideologies are a mix of contradictions and inconsistencies.

    It’s always been a puzzle to me why some complain about the 1% when, clearly if this was true, the 99% should predominate in any election.

  2. So, question. Whether the party running is Dem or Rep..should they be endorsed by said party even if they are not qualified for the job??.
    Also, I had a concern(the front page of the Union) Nate Beason did not know that this county had weddings and that they were underground?? Amazing just amazing. so one of our supervisors does not know what goes on in this county and how much $$ weddings bring in to hotels, eating establishments , gas , Hair Salons???? Hmmmmm

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