Nevada County: Ted Owens drops out of assessorand#8217;s race |

Nevada County: Ted Owens drops out of assessorand#8217;s race

TRUCKEE, Calif. and#8212; Ted Owens announced Friday he is pulling out of the Nevada County Assessor race, saying he will instead back James Blashford, who was a finalist for the interim position.

and#8220;When nobody emerged as a strong No. 2 from the assessorand#8217;s office I felt I had something to offer,and#8221; said Owens, who oversees Nevada Countyand#8217;s fifth district, which includes Truckee. and#8220;But I was so impressed with Blashford I knew he was hands-down the clear choice.and#8221;

Blashford, who lives in Lake of the Pines in southern Nevada County, currently works for the Placer County Assessorand#8217;s Office and has a bachelorand#8217;s degree in business administration.

and#8220;I just think itand#8217;s the right thing to do,and#8221; Owens said and#8220;Iand#8217;m so pleased to have someone of this caliber.and#8221;

Owens said he will serve out the remaining three years of his supervisor term.

and#8220;I enjoy being a supervisor, so I win either way,and#8221; Owens said. and#8220;I love working for the county and will continue to do so.and#8221;

Owens had announced his bid to run in November, shortly after Assessor Dale Flippin resigned.

Former Supervisor Sue Horne has also filed to run for the assessorand#8217;s position. The Nevada County Board of Supervisors in December selected Marin County Assessor Jim Dal Bon to serve the rest of Flippinand#8217;s term as interim assessor. Dal Bon has since said he wouldnand#8217;t run for the position in the 2010 election.

It was unknown as of Friday if Blashford had filed to run for the position.