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Ted Owens announces plans to run for open assessor slot next June

Jeff Ackerman
Special to the Sun
Nevada County Supervisor Ted Owens
John R. Hart | The Union

GRASS VALLEY, Calif. and#8212; Nevada County Supervisor Ted Owens, who represents the 5th District in Truckee, confirmed Thursday afternoon that he plans to run for Nevada County Assessor in next June’s primary election.

The announcement comes on the heels of this week’s announcement that current Nevada County Assessor Dale Flippin will resign at the end of the year, or one year earlier than his four-year term would have expired at the end of 2010.

Owens was just re-elected to the Board of Supervisors in November after running unopposed. His second term was not set to expire until the end of 2012. If Owens is elected to the Assessor’s post, the governor would likely have to appoint someone to fulfill the remaining two years of his term with the board of supervisors. There is also a chance the board of supervisors could ask for a special election for the remaining two or so years of the 5th District seat.

and#8220;I would have preferred a different alignment, but things changed when Dale (Flippin) decided to step down at the end of the yearand#8221; said Owens. and#8220;The position will be available in January and I plan to pull election papers in January.and#8221;

Owens is the first to publicly express an interest in the Assessor’s post.

Nevada County Treasurer-Tax Collector Chris Dabis also announced this week that she plans to resign at the end of this year – a year earlier than her four-year term expires. She has endorsed county employee Tina Vernon, who has not officially announced her intentions to run for the office.

The filing period begins in Jan. 4, 2010 and the primary election will be June 8. If there are three or more candidates for a post in the June primary, one of them would have to get more than 50 percent of the vote to avoid a runoff next November.

Owens, a registered Republican, said he’s worked as a customer of the Assessor’s office for the past 20 years. and#8220;As a contractor I did a lot of business with that department, so I know it pretty well,and#8221; he said. and#8220;I am anxious to serve in a county-wide capacity as we head into these challenging, but exciting times.and#8221;

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