No replacement tapped for Drew Bedwell’s seat |

No replacement tapped for Drew Bedwell’s seat

With Drew Bedwell’s friends and colleagues still reeling from his surprise resignation Tuesday from the Nevada County Board of Supervisors, several of them have already spent time on the telephone researching the possibility of filling Bedwell’s vacancy in District 3, which centers around Grass Valley.

Tony Gilchrease, chair of the Nevada County Republican Central Committee, said he received numerous calls Wednesday from people interested in applying for a possible appointment from Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, for a term that would last until November’s general election. Though the seat is nonpartisan, it is expected Schwarzenegger’s office will pick someone who is a registered Republican.

“I’ve heard several names mentioned,” said Gilchrease, who added he would be working with the members of the central committee to come up with a list of candidates to be forwarded to the governor.

The appointee must live in the county’s Grass Valley-centered District 3.

John Spencer, Bedwell’s appointee to the Nevada County Planning Commission, said he would “possibly be interested” in serving as Bedwell’s replacement on the Board of Supervisors.

“Right now, I’m kind of surprised and concerned for Drew’s general welfare,” Spencer said.

Spencer, 57, is a land surveyor who has lived in Nevada County since 1977. He met Bedwell several years ago.

Bedwell declined to comment on his potential successors.

“I’m in a state of shock and disbelief,” said Bedwell, who plans to begin clinical trials at Stanford University Medical Center soon.

A number of prominent Grass Valley politicians contacted Wednesday said they have no desire to seek Bedwell’s seat. Grass Valley Mayor Patti Ingram said she is not interested.

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