3 council seats up for grabs
Depending on how things work out come November, the seats on the Truckee Town Council could end up like a round of “musical chairs.”
Town Councilman Ted Owens, who ran unopposed for the county’s District 5 seat in March, is set to take his position on the Nevada County Board of Supervisors in January. He will be taking the spot left open by Supervisor Barbara Green, who chose not to run for reelection.
Green, meanwhile, said this week that she is pondering a run for town council in November.
“I’m considering the possibilities,” she said. “But I’m not ready to decide anything.”
Two council seats currently filled by Mayor Josh Susman and Ron Florian will be up for grabs. With Owens’ departure, a third will also be vacant.
Florian announced Wednesday that he will run again. Susman has expressed interest, but hasn’t officially announced his candidacy.
Owens, who has two years left on his council term, said his colleagues will have to decide how his seat will be filled. The council will likely hold a special election for the seat in November. Whether it will be to complete the two remaining years on the term or a six-year period remains to be seen.
“I intend to stay until the last minute,” which will be the first week of December, Owens said.
As for his replacement, Owens said he hasn’t been grooming a heir apparent.
“Am I going to hand-pick a candidate? No, I’m not,” he said. “I think I’m going to wait and see who emerges before I throw my support behind someone.”
In November 2002, nine candidates competed for three council seats. Beth Ingalls, a mother of three and environmental advocate, won the election with 1,997 votes. With only three-tenths of a percent between the top two candidates, incumbent Owens trailed Ingalls by 30 votes. Planning commissioner and architect Craig Threshie took the third open seat on the council.
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