It is just the second campaign contribution we’ve made since 2010 — local or national — and none before that. The first was for Diaz (when he ran against Barry Pruett). We also put a campaign sign for Nate Beason in front of the house less than a week before the election in his race against Sue McGuire, at Nate’s request. He’s a friend and neighbor. All of this was disclosed here.
The reason for our donation to Diaz is simple: He is the most qualified for a job that requires certain qualifications. Imagine that! I don’t expect to be writing much about this race going forward (I don’t think Greg’s opponents will run an ugly campaign as some locals have in the past), but when I do, I will happily disclose the donation.
In the meantime, here are Diaz’ qualifications:
“Gregory J. Diaz attended Westtown High School outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania with two years studying abroad at Saffron Walden Friends in Essex, England. He then graduated from Swarthmore College with a Bachelors’ Degree in History and Minor in Education, obtaining a Pennsylvania State Teachers’ Certificate. Greg taught middle school social studies before attending Rutgers University School of Law.
“Greg became a Nevada County property owner in 1996 and has been a full-time resident of Nevada County since 2003.
“For eight years, Greg served as the County Clerk-Recorder for the City and County of San Francisco managing the office and defining departmental policies, procedures, budget, operations and legislation on both the local and state level. He also served as the Assistant County Clerk-Recorder in San Francisco for four years and he worked in the City Attorney’s office for six years drafting legislation and litigation documents.
“Greg was appointed Nevada County Clerk-Recorder in June 2007 and re-elected twice in 2010 and 2014 respectfully. Subsequently, he has earned the California Professional Election Administrator Credential (2011) as well as obtaining CERA status nationally through the Election Center (Certified Elections/Registration Administrator) 2013. He was elected President of the County Recorders’ Association of California in December 2015 to a two year term. In June 2018, Greg will lead Nevada County Elections in implementing the California Voters’ Choice Act along with four other California Counties.”