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Election 2010: Sue Horne hops into race for county assessor

Dave Moller
Sun News Service

Sue Horne

GRASS VALLEY, Calif. and#8212; Former Nevada County Supervisor Sue Horne took out initial papers Monday to run for county Assessor.

Horne is expected to run against current Supervisor Ted Owens for the position, which came open at the end of December with Assessor Dale Flippin’s resignation a year before his term expires.

Owens did not file papers Monday, but he has made it clear he will be a candidate. He was unavailable for comment Monday, but earlier welcomed Horne to the race.

A race also is shaping up for the Clerk-Recorder’s spot.

Incumbent Gregory Diaz pulled intention papers to run for the office he was appointed to in 2007, when the supervisors replaced former clerk Kathleen Smith.

Diaz lost to Smith in 2006, but was appointed the next year when Smith resigned after it was discovered she also was working as the city clerk of Rio Vista. Diaz was unavailable for comment.

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Barry Pruett pulled papers Monday to run against Diaz, saying and#8220;The office has been unstable since 2007. There’s a need there.and#8221;

Pruett said his background as an attorney would help him keep the office abreast of election laws that have to be followed.

and#8220;This office is the most legally sensitiveand#8221; in the county, Pruett said. Whoever wins the office and#8220;has to be a custodian of the people. I think law knowledge needs to be a prerequisite for this office.and#8221;

Also pulling papers Monday was incumbent 3rd District Supervisor Hank Weston, who recently announced he would be running again.

Pulling papers for another term as the county Auditor/Controller was Marcia Salter.

Salter’s office could be consolidated with the Treasurer/Tax Collector’s office by Feb. 11 if the Board of Supervisors initially approves a proposal to do so at a special meeting today.

The law would have to go to a second, routine vote at the Jan. 12 board meeting.

North San Juan resident Bill Steele has said he will file for the Treasurer/Tax Collector’s spot, but had not done so late Monday.

Horne didn’t waste any time getting her campaign underway.

and#8220;I was at the Elections Office at 8 a.m.,and#8221; Horne said. She then went to Citizens Bank to set up her campaign account, followed by a trip to the Secretary of State’s office in Sacramento to get a candidate identification number.

and#8220;My hope is to serve Nevada County,and#8221; said Horne, who lost the primary election in 2008 for the GOP nomination for the 3rd District Assembly seat to current Assemblyman Dan Logue, R-Linda.

and#8220;My heart is there, and I want to serve my community,and#8221; Horne said. She first did so as Nevada County supervisor for the 2nd District from 2001 through 2008.

Horne said she will work for state Assemblyman Jim Nielsen, R-Gerber, until the end of January, when she will leave to start her campaign. Horne will follow the process and file more paperwork in February to make her candidacy official, she added.

Neither Horne nor Owens filed to become the interim Assessor, saying it would be unfair to ask board members to cast votes regarding current or former colleagues.

Supervisors selected former Marin County Assessor Jim Dal Bon in December. The Rough and Ready resident said he would fill out Flippin’s term and not file to run for the office.