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Election night parties good for supporters

Photo by Josh Miller/Sierra Sun Frank De Courten, dean of Sierra College's Truckee campus, and Measure H supporters watch results at Truckee Town Hall Tuesday night. "It's been a long haul," DeCourten said. It's been a lot of work. It's a relief to finally have the campaign over."
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By 8:30 p.m. yesterday night the Nevada County Elections Office was just reporting the first results from absentee voters on local elections and none of the Town Council candidates had yet made it to their poll-watching parties.That, however, didn’t stop hundreds of other people from enjoying the free food and drink up for grabs to supporters. In downtown Truckee the atmosphere was festive as town council candidates Josh Susman and Barbara Green threw parties at the Bar of America and OB’s respectively.By 8:15 p.m. approximately 80 people at Susman’s election night party were gathered either around the television watching the national results come in on CNN or the back bar where filet mignon skewers were accompanied by quiche, veggies and dip and spanikopita.

Bill Reynolds, one of the folks intently watching the national results on CNN, said that overall he was more concerned about the presidential race than about local politics.”From an overall perspective, I think that the national races are a lot more important [than the local races],” he said. “I wouldn’t vote for Josh to be president, but he’s good for the town council,” he added jokingly.Over at OB’s, chicken wings, baked brie and Caesar salad were on the menu for both the Barbara Green and CARE election night parties, with approximately 120 people intermixing between the two groups.

Green, a veteran of county politics, understood the importance of a good election night party, but wasn’t willing to get her hopes up at such an early stage in the night.”I’m afraid to feel anything. I’m not letting myself feel anything until I see some numbers,” she said, noting that her party goers, at least, were already having fun.As one would expect, party goers over at Florian’s were treated to a lavish spread of food and drink including ham, turkey, potato salad, guacamole, chips and salsa in addition to beer, wine and mixed drinks.



According to Florian supporter Dr. David Swalander, what made the party special was “the ham it’s outstanding.”Others joked that Florian had told them to make themselves at home while he went down to the town council chambers to check on the early returns and he might just return to find them drinking all of his most expensive wine.Current council member Beth Ingalls was planning on making the rounds to the various election night parties and summed up the importance of throwing a good shindig.”I think if you have a really good party it’s a good sign that you’re going to do well,” she said. “And it’s a good way to wrap up your months of stress and bring everyone out and have fun and thank them and have a good time. What can you do at this point?”


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