It’s “Miller Time”: Pruett, among others, early donor to Dan’s campaign

It’s Miller Time!

The District 3 Supervisor’s race already has become interesting with only one candidate (so far)! Local Barry Pruett, who lost the clerk-recorder’s race to Greg Diaz in 2010, one of the most polarizing local campaigns in memory, is among those who already have donated money to Dan Miller’s re-election campaign for District 3 Supervisor, according to public records.

Pruett — who once declared “the only way I can fight back is to never vote for a Democrat” — donated $100 to Miller’s campaign on 6/26, the documents in the Elections’ Office show. Other donors include Miller’s friend since high school Patti Ingram Spencer ($100), Amos Seghezzi ($100), and David Scinto ($100) — part of Grass Valley “old guard.” Miller’s latest report shows an ending cash balance of $4,427. The document is HERE.

The Nevada County Contractors PAC has amassed a $10,873  “war chest’ for upcoming elections, according to filings. The NCCA has supported Miller in the past. The PAC Chairman is local contractor Keoni Allen. (Remember the “It’s Miller Time” signs when Dan ran against Terry Lamphier?)” The Elections Office document from the NCCA PAC is HERE

The filing also shows $500 in consulting fees to Dauntless Communications, a public affairs and digital communications outfit out of Roseville. It has worked for Republican causes.

With thousands of dollars already in hand, Miller’s camp must be thinking it is going to get some formidable competition, even though nobody has announced they are running against our District 3 incumbent.

Hilary and Congressman Ami Bera at a recent Democratic gathering (Credit: Nevada County Democrats Facebook page)

Hilary Hodge, who has become active in local Democratic politics, has announced she is going to be a local candidate in the upcoming elections but hasn’t said what race.

The Union columnist George Boardman thinks Hodge is going to run for Grass Valley City Council, he wrote confidently on his blog. Hmm. That doesn’t pass the smell test, at least to this seasoned journalist. (Of course I only worked at The Chronicle for 12 years, not the teeny-weeny San Mateo Times as Boardman did). lol

This wouldn’t be the first time that The Union’s columnist Boardman got it wrong.

And it wouldn’t be the first time that we had an ugly, polarizing race for a nonpartisan seat in District 3. Here we go again.

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 Jeff covered business and technology for The San Francisco Chronicle for 12 years, and he was a founding editor and Editor of CNET News for eight years, among other positions. Jeff has a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and a master's from Northwestern University. His hobbies include sailing, swimming, and trout fishing in the Sierra.

4 thoughts on “It’s “Miller Time”: Pruett, among others, early donor to Dan’s campaign”

  1. You can’t make this stuff up! Cats could be a campaign theme in the upcoming District 3 race. “Dan lives in Grass Valley with his wife Roxanne and their cats Mike and Molly,” Dan said on June 26, in a press release when he announced his re-election bid. (BTW, June 26 coincides with the same day that Pruett and others contributed to Dan’s campaign, according to campaign finance reports).
    No other candidate has openly declared for the District 3 supervisor seat. But one of Miller’s possible (or probable) opponents is Hilary Hodge. Like the Millers, Hilary is a real cat person.

    I like dogs, so hopefully Dan and Hilary would be OK with dog people too — if elected. This election could be about tolerance after all. lol.

  2. Let’s see how many votes “old timer” Todd Juvinall and his ship of fools will cost Dan Miller in this election. These loud bullies sure cost Duane Strawser in his District 1 race against Heidi Hall. No doubt about it. Another thought: If Todd had graduated from a four-year college and held a steady job in the big city, I wonder if he would have learned how to spell. It’s Hilary, not Hillary, Todd. You can’t fix stupid. Memo to Dan: Run, don’t walk, from Todd Juvinall!

  3. It seems like the dumb-as-dirt trolls on Todd’s blog want to pick a fight on this race. They’re too stupid to see how they helped elect Heidi Hall. Pruett, who lost to Diaz in every precinct, is always toxic. And now the stakes are higher: A majority of progressives on the BOS. Is this what you want Dan? Better disavow these clowns ASAP. They sure didn’t help Duane Strawser in his District 1 race. History can repeat itself.

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