Nevada County treasurer Dabis backs out of supervisor race

Laura Brown
Sun News Service

GRASS VALLEY, Calif. and#8212; Nevada County’s treasurer and tax collector Christina Dabis has decided not to run against John Spencer for District 3 county supervisor in 2010.

She will retire from her elected position as treasurer and tax collector at the end of 2010 ending a post she has held since 1982 for seven consecutive terms. She first began working for the county nearly 40 years ago.

and#8220;I’ve worked for a long time and I simply want to retire,and#8221; said Dabis.

Dabis announced her plans to run against Spencer last October, during the height of election season, stating she would bring and#8220;power to the peopleand#8221; if elected.

Spencer said he supported Dabis’ move to back out of the race.

and#8220;I think that’s a good decision. Gosh, she’s been there quite awhile. I think it’s about time for her to enjoy life,and#8221; Spencer said.

Spencer, who represents Grass Valley, says he plans to stick by his decision to run in 2010. This marks his sixth year in office.

and#8220;I feel comfortable doing it. The county needs somebody that has some experience. I fit the bill,and#8221; he said.

Grass Valley city council people could also be eyeing the seat. Former mayor Mark Johnson hasn’t made up his mind yet.

and#8220;I think it’s time for a new face there but I haven’t decided,and#8221; he said.

and#8220;It’s still early. It’ll be awhile before anyone starts poking their head up,and#8221; said former city council member Steve Enos, who closely follows local elections.

Dabis plans to travel to England and Scotland with her husband upon retiring.

and#8220;I suspect, given my passion to help people, that I will always be serving the public in some capacity because that’s my passion, but not immediately after retirement.and#8221;

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