Nevada County: Ted Owens drops out of assessor’s race
TRUCKEE, Calif. – 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.
“When nobody emerged as a strong No. 2 from the assessor’s office I felt I had something to offer,” said Owens, who oversees Nevada County’s fifth district, which includes Truckee. “But I was so impressed with Blashford I knew he was hands-down the clear choice.”
Blashford, who lives in Lake of the Pines in southern Nevada County, currently works for the Placer County Assessor’s Office and has a bachelor’s degree in business administration.
“I just think it’s the right thing to do,” Owens said “I’m so pleased to have someone of this caliber.”
Owens said he will serve out the remaining three years of his supervisor term.
“I enjoy being a supervisor, so I win either way,” Owens said. “I love working for the county and will continue to do so.”
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 assessor’s position. The Nevada County Board of Supervisors in December selected Marin County Assessor Jim Dal Bon to serve the rest of Flippin’s term as interim assessor. Dal Bon has since said he wouldn’t run for the position in the 2010 election.
It was unknown as of Friday if Blashford had filed to run for the position.