Local politicos Jordan and Royal each running campaigns for Sheriff

Bill Smethers, a 20-year veteran of the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office, announced his candidacy for Nevada County Sheriff-Coroner-Public Administrator, according to a press release from Jeanette Royal, Sheriff Keith Royal’s spouse.

This assures that Sheriff Royal, popular in the South County, will be endorsing Smithers.

Jeanette, a real estate agent, has helped run the campaigns of other local politicians, such as Supervisor Ed Scofield. She is well connected in our community.

Smethers will run against former Grass Valley Police Chief John Foster and Sheriff’s Capt. Shannan Moon.

Foster’s campaign manager is longtime local political consultant Joey Jordan. “If you don’t bring to the table the highest degree of ethical standard, qualification, education and experience, please don’t run for local elected office. If you do, please contact me to run your campaign,” Jordan writes on the Alignable website.

Jordan was David Alkire’s campaign manager when he ran against incumbent Cliff Newell for DA in 2014. Royal supported Newell. Newell won.

Let the Sheriff’s race begin!

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.

9 thoughts on “Local politicos Jordan and Royal each running campaigns for Sheriff”

  1. And here I thought Moon was Royal’s chosen successor. Perhaps her sexual orientation is an issue with the old school so. county folks. It ought to be an interesting race. Methinks the candidate’s positions on the various cannabis issues will be a large factor, especially considering that off-term elections have a low turnout which tends to favor conservative candidates. In this instance, however, if there is a large disparity between the candidate’s positions on cannabis that may change as we saw for measure W.

  2. Joe,
    One would hope that sexual orientation is not a consideration in this case.
    My hope is that Shannan Moon will indeed usher in a new era of honesty and transparency with her campaign.
    I have some serious questions about her ties to the Tsi-Akim Corporation.
    Let us hope for the earnest fulfillment of her campaign promise.

  3. The slugfest has begun on Facebook!

    Here’s an example from Brad Pecimer-Glasse: “I remember when Grass Valley was having lots of problems with their police force, and they brought in a new police chief, and shortly thereafter the problems disappeared and the department was, and still is very functional.

    “The question for me is it time for a complete change in the methodology of the sheriff’s department via new leadership, or is this going to be more of the same?

    “This gentleman has had lots of controversy surrounding some his actions, so the question for me is why and how would I support him when we have a fully vetted candidate who has experience in fixing problematic departments?

    “The other question is with the other existing candidate from the department running, and if so what qualifies him more than her?”

    Will we hear a counter view from “Bradley Jackson” soon? God bless our towns’ politics!

    1. I will have to check this out. These are very wise questions from Mr. Pecimer-Glasse. As to Bradley Jackson, I believe he yammers just to see himself yammer.

  4. Royal (pain in the rear) blessing should be a curse for regular folks as the far right must be taken out for the good of the County economic condition. Your #1 Crop is legal in three months and the taxes would help tremendously. Royal pain in the butt and his chosen one MUST NOT BE ELECTED for residents own welfare.

    1. Mike,
      Read the article, not just the headline. It refers to Keith’s spouse as a campaign advisor to Bill Smethers, not Keith.

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