July 10 and July 28th 

Filing for over 80 possible elected positions opens July 16th and closes August 9th (or the 15th if the incumbent decides not to run). These positions are on the Grass Valley City Council, Truckee Town Council, Nevada Irrigation District, Sierra College, County Board of Education, all other school districts, fire districts and special districts.

The first workshop “Should I Run?” held on July 10, from 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm will give you critical information to help you decide if serving on a board or council is for you. How much time will it take, what are the major concerns, what skills do you need, etc. will be covered. Resource people will include Reinette Senum, six-year Nevada City Council current member, Trevor Michael, six-year County Board of Education former member, Jeanne Michael, eight- year current member of the Grass Valley School Board, and Bruce Jones, twelve-year member of the Higgins Fire District Board will be among our resource people to answer one of your most important question, “What am I getting into?” Time is set aside for presenting information, asking questions, and personal reflection.

On July 28, from 8:30 am to 3:00 pm, our popular “Candidate Campaign Workshop” which was presented three times will be presented. If you are thinking about being a candidate, wanting to be able to help candidates win, or protecting your current position on a board or council, don’t miss this workshop.  The previous workshops received extensive positive feedback–great information, great format, and great food, as one attendee summed it up! The workshop covers basic campaign tools-timelines, plans, presentation skills, messaging, pitfalls, as well as understanding the role the local Nevada County Democrats can play in your campaign if you seek endorsement.

Ben Perkins, the lead trainer for the campaign workshop and program facilitator for the “Should I Run?” workshop, is partner in the local political consulting firm MCPK & Associates. He is the campaign manager for the recently successful primary campaign of Shannan Moon for sheriff. He also serves as the Nevada County Democrats Volunteer/Headquarters Committee Chair. Ben recently relocated to Nevada County, CA, from the City of Philadelphia, where he worked in political organizing and, later, city government. He is a graduate of the University of Vermont and a former officer in the US Marine Corps.

Reservations are required for the July 10 workshop by July 7th and the July 28th workshop by July 25. The requested donation ($10 for July 10, $35 July 28 or $40 for both if registration for both is made at the same time) includes all materials, light refreshments at the July 10 workshop, and a continental breakfast and lunch on July 28.

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Contact Margie Joehnck, NCDCC Chair, Candidate Recruitment and Support Committee, 530-748-5146 or for more information


  1. My wife and I are moving to Lake Wildwood, and although I’ve most recently been registered as “independent,” current events are driving me back to my roots in the Democratic Party. I’ve ALWAYS voted Democratic. I’ve been involved in local politics and civic affairs for over 25 years (Mayor of Lafayette CA in 2000, member of both the Lafayette and Novato Ca Planning Commissions, along with numerous other civic positions–both deliberately non-partisan). I realize Nevada County votes primarily Republican, but times may be changin’ (again!) I look forward to getting involved.

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