The good government types who promote the concept of non-partisan elections will tell you there’s nothing political about filling potholes or collecting garbage–unless there’s a debate about whether government workers or private enterprise should do the work.
But most voters are too lazy to weigh the credentials and positions of candidates for office–they want easy road signs that will point them toward the candidate they find least objectionable. Even in “non-partisan” races, you don’t have to wait long for the signs to appear.
Just a day after the filing period ended, the Nevada County Democratic Central Committee endorsed Heidi Hall over Duane Strawser in the race for the first district seat on the Board of Supervisors.
After interviewing both candidates, the committee decided Hall was the best person for the job because her “background and leadership skills can bring people together and develop creative, long-term solutions that will keep our region safe, independent, and thriving.”
But the Americans for Good Government PAC didn’t even wait until the end of the filing period, announcing a couple of weeks ago it is holding a fundraiser for Strawser on March 31. Many of the people associated with the PAC are known to be supporters of the Tea Party, the State of Jefferson Movement, and Congressmen Doug LaMalfa and Tom McClintock.
The Dems’ endorsement of Hall is no big surprise. She ran a losing campaign against LaMalfa, has shown sympathy for the local medical marijuana movement, and has made a career in the environmental and water resources regulation fields–areas liberals love and conservatives hate.
The conservative embrace of Strawser is a little more problematical. He announced recently that he is changing his voter registration from “Democratic” to “Decline to State.” Not only that, he professed his “long-time support for Democratic values and the Democratic Party,” according to the central committee statement endorsing Hall.
Strawser has avoided taking a position on Measure W, the ban on outdoor cultivation of medical marijuana that has already been endorsed by the Nevada County Republican Party. It’s not known what his position is on the Tea Party or Jefferson movement.
But conservatives don’t have much to choose from. They have a real dislike for Hall, and the only real conservative who threatened to run–former supervisor Todd Juvinall–didn’t enter the race. Juvinall insisted many people urged him to run and that he could easily sweep aside any “libnut” who challenged him
When Juvinall decided not to run, he left slim pickings for the anybody-but-Hall crowd.