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Green will not seek second term as Nevada County supervisor

Millete Birhanemaskel, Sun news service

Nevada County Supervisor Barbara Green announced Sunday she will not seek a second term on the Nevada County Board of Supervisors, and will not face Ted Owens, Truckee’s mayor who announced his candidacy and hired a public relations firm this summer.

“It’s just time for me to do something positive in another way,” she said in a telephone interview Tuesday. “I want to do something productive – I was able to do that for the first two years of my term.

Green said part of the reason for her decision is that a negative political climate has formed on the board over the last 10 months.

“There has been some rude behavior on the part of some of our board members directed to members of the (county) staff,” she said. “That has a toxic effect on their moral.

“We have lost 17 senior staff members in the last 10 months… that should tell you something.”

One of Green’s political rivals, District 3 Supervisor Drew Bedwell, said Green has been mysterious about whether she would run for re-election. In spite of their often conflicting opinions, though, he said he’s sorry to hear she isn’t trying for another term.

“There’s no hypocrisy in her. We may not have agreed on everything but she was firm in what she believed in,” Bedwell said.

Supervisor Green and District 1 Supervisor Peter Van Zant were often dissenters on controversial issues such as the massive regional wastewater treatment plant in western Nevada County or most recently on second-unit dwellings. Both are giving up their seats next year, not running for re-election.

Green, who has 11 years experience in Nevada County politics and 24 years in government, said she is proud of her accomplishments – especially the changes she brought to Truckee.

“I’m personally proud that the Truckee Library now has a new children’s wing,” she said in a prepared statement. “Working with Nevada County services staff, we’ve been successful in making available to Truckee-area residents more county services. We have new children support services and in-home support services offices. And Truckee now has a public health doctor and nurse for the first time in six years.”

Over the final year of her tenure on the board, Green said she plans to continue working toward a boundary line adjustment that would bring Truckee’s Placer County residents into the town limits, as well as Truckee River issues.

In Western Nevada County there are two contenders for Van Zant’s seat: Nate Beason and Van Zant-endorsed Olivia Diaz. Truckee Mayor Ted Owens is the only person who has formally announced he wants Green’s seat.

Owens isn’t taking any chances. He said while Green’s announcement has “amped everyone up,” his campaign will stay focused on preparing for a race.

“We’ve been preparing for a race against Green or some other candidate, and we’re gonna stay that path,” Owens said.

Board chairwoman Sue Horne is uncontested for her seat, which is also up in March.

As for Green’s future, she said it is time for her to “earn a salary,” but says she will continue to be active in Truckee public life.

-Jim Scripps contributed to this story.


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