Heidi Hall receives $1,000 contribution from an accomplished local resident

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Heidi Hall, who is running for District 1 Supervisor in our county against Duane Strawser, received a $1,000 campaign contribution from Nevada City resident Judith Lowry-Croul, according to campaign documents dated March 18. (The local elections website was one of my “morning reads,” along with other publications. It is convenient to see the filings posted online).

Judith, a highly acclaimed Native American artist, founded CHIRP (short for California Heritage: Indigenous Research Project) to research, document, preserve and protect California Indigenous culture.

Her artwork has been exhibited at the Crocker Art Museum, the Wheelwright Museum and the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian.

I admire Judith’s artistic talents and the work she has done to help raise the profile of the Nisenan.

In addition, Judith and her husband, Brad, also have done a superb job restoring the historic Powell House in downtown Nevada City. It has helped invigorate the Spring Street neighborhood.

Brad is chair of the Nevada City Planning Commission.

Meanwhile, “Americans for Good Government,” a PAC created by local Tea Party members two years ago, is sponsoring an event for Duane in his campaign on March 31, as previously reported. The PAC’s biggest donor is Roseville developer Martin Harmon.

I admire the work Duane has done to promote the Amgen Tour of California, and donated money to help pay for the effort. He is a tireless volunteer.

I did find hooking up with the “Americans for Good Government” PAC to be ill advised.

I have not decided whom I will support in this race. Congratulations to Judith for “taking the plunge.” I have always admired her gumption too.

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.

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