Owens still alone in supes race | SierraSun.com

Owens still alone in supes race

David Bunker, Sierra Sun

Truckee Mayor Ted Owens remains unopposed in his bid to replace Barbara Green as the District 5 representative on the Nevada County Board of Supervisors.

Green recently announced she will not run for a second term, and Josh Susman, a Truckee town council member, announced at Thursday’s council meeting that he currently has no intention of opposing Owens.

However, Owens is still preparing his campaign as if he were in a heated race.

“I am approaching it and planning it as if I had opposition,” Owens said. “I think that I have to take the approach that I have an opponent.”

Owens has remained focused on fund-raising and strategy in his campaign; however, he said he believes that it is best for Truckee if he runs unopposed.

If he is elected, Owens said he is well prepared for representing a district in which 83 percent of the registered voters live in Truckee. With his experience in local government and strong ties to the town, Owens said that Truckee residents can trust him to represent them in Nevada County.

Owens said that he was surprised by Green’s announcement that she would not seek a second term, and the timing of Susman’s comments also caught him off guard.

“Josh and I are colleagues and we have an open dialogue on those things, but I was surprised that he announced it at that time,” Owens said.

While Susman has indicated that he has no plans to run, he also did not completely rule out the possibility.

“At this point in time my intention is not to run for the Nevada County Supervisor position,” Susman said, but added, “I have until December to change my mind.”

Susman also said that the supervisor position is something that he might consider in the future.

Green declined to vie for a second supervisor term because a negative political climate had developed on the board over the last 10 months, she said. She was quoted as saying that it is time for her to “earn a salary,” but would remain active in public life in Truckee.

Owens has not technically filed for the November 2004 election, although he is the only one to take out nomination petitions from the Nevada County clerk’s office. The nomination petitions must be returned before the candidate is officially filed for the election.

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