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Election 2010: Nevada County Clerk Recorder Gregory Diaz talks in Truckee

Greyson Howard
Sierra Sun
Courtesy PhotoNevada County Clerk Recorder Gregory Diaz.
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TRUCKEE, Calif. and#8212; Gregory Diaz visited Truckee this week to talk about this position as Nevada County Clerk Recorder, and to stump for re-election.

and#8220;Elections are the heart of the office,and#8221; Diaz said. and#8220;Itand#8217;s really the most sacred duty, not to have any political bias whatsoever. To be very transparent and to make sure everybody has a say.and#8221;

Diaz was appointed to the office in 2007 when predecessor Kathleen Smith left the post, and is up for election this year, challenged by Barry Pruett. He spoke in front of the Daybreak Club at Truckee Town Hall Tuesday morning.

He said in taking the office, he implemented a new voting system, and has had five trouble-free elections in a row.

In Truckee, the county now has the ability to tally votes electronically before sending ballots over the hill for confirmation, Diaz said.

Those who vote by mail or provisional ballot can now make sure their vote is counted during an election by visiting http://www.mynevadacounty.com too, Diaz said.

On the recorder side of his duties, Diaz said he also replaced the recorder system which was approved by the Nevada County Board of Supervisors.

His opponent, Pruett, was an attorney for the former attorney for AtPac, the company behind the previous recorder system, which filed suit against the county for allegedly exposing trade secrets, Diaz said.

and#8220;Itand#8217;s a big distraction, and Iand#8217;m hoping it gets thrown out,and#8221; Diaz said.

Diaz said Pruett challenged him on not supporting a and#8220;vote safeand#8221; initiative, which would require voters to have identification at the polls.

and#8220;I donand#8217;t get embroiled into these arguments and#8212; I donand#8217;t think itand#8217;s proper for the registrar to support any candidate or initiative that could be on the ballot,and#8221; Diaz said.

In response to a comment from Pruett stating that Diaz didnand#8217;t represent and#8220;Nevada County values,and#8221; rather San Francisco (Diaz worked for the City of San Francisco from 1985 to 2003), Diaz said, and#8220;Iand#8217;ve been paying property tax in Nevada County since 1996,and#8221; referring to having property in the county when living in San Francisco. and#8220;He moved here two years ago. I think voters want professional values.and#8221;