Green party boasts large Nevada County contingent
November 6, 2002
The California Green Party Web site lists eight winning candidates in Nevada County affiliated with the party – including a Truckee Town Council winner.
Preliminary results from the Nevada County elections office, though, show only four of those names as candidates in county elections.
The name of the winner of the Truckee town council race, Beth Ingalls, is one of the first names listed on the party’s home page.
Ingalls, the town council candidate who received the most votes, registered as a member of the Green Party this summer after being disillusioned with the state of politics – especially local politics.
After gathering over a thousand signatures that would have put East West Partners Old Greenwood planned development on the ballot, and then seeing the referendum fail when there weren’t enough valid signatures, Ingalls decided to go green.
Local elections are non-partisan, and Ingalls said her personal party affiliation wasn’t an issue during her campaign. She said no one asked her party affiliation in the last three months.
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“If you’re a member of the Green Party and you run for office, there’s automatically going to be a note made of that,” she said.
Ingalls said she hasn’t been active in the party and has only spoken to one person with the Nevada County Green Party, and that was when she filed her candidacy this summer.
“They don’t even know who I am,” Ingalls said with a laugh. “[The elections] are non-partisan, but everyone is affiliated with something.”
Other Nevada County winners listed on the party’s Web site, which agree with Nevada County results so far, include Cindy Foxfoot for the Twin Ridges Elementary School board, Roberto Garcia for the Penn Valley Fire District and Bruce Sturm for the North San Juan Fire District.