Issues and News

Signatures in Lieu

On February 7th, 2018, Hilary Hodge, candidate for Nevada County Supervisor, District 3, submitted more than 200 signatures to the county clerk’s office for verification to qualify as signatures in lieu of a filing fee.  It costs over $500 to file to run for Supervisor in Nevada County and each verified signature saves Hilary a percentage off the fee to file.

Hilary has been collecting signatures from District 3 supporters by going directly to the voters. Hilary and several of her campaign volunteers have been knocking on doors in Grass Valley and have been putting out tables near local grocery stores.

“The support from the community has been overwhelming,” said Hilary. “We are humbled and honored by the positive reception we’ve received. We enjoy meeting with the voters and hearing their concerns.”

Hilary is a first-time candidate running in District 3 which covers the City of Grass Valley, Cedar Ridge, the Brunswick Basin, Squirrel Creek, and unincorporated areas along Highways 49 and 20.  The election is on June 5th 2018.

Sanctuary Cities

Our law enforcement officers should have all the tools they need to do their jobs safely and efficiently. I believe all Nevada County residents, our officers, and our diverse community members, should have the opportunity to live with dignity and respect. I have spoken with candidates for Sheriff, John Foster and Shannan Moon as well as Alex Gammelgard, Chief of the Grass Valley Police Department, and all of them have reported that their jobs here in Nevada County are not impeded by the state sanctuary law.

According to an article published the Los Angeles Times, when Governor Jerry Brown signed SB54 into law, he wrote, “In enshrining these new protections, it is important to note what the bill does not do. This bill does not prevent or prohibit Immigration and Customs Enforcement or the Department of Homeland Security from doing their own work in any way.”

In many cases, California’s state sanctuary law is helping to protect communities.

In places where cities and counties have openly passed laws compelling immigration officials to come do sweeps, law enforcement has had trouble with community cooperation in finding violent offenders. Because other community members are fearful of discrimination, they often fail to report criminals. Proponents of enacting sanctuary jurisdictions include law enforcement and people who want to reduce the fear of family break-up and deportation for a number of reasons. In many cases, law enforcement officials argue that, in sanctuary jurisdictions, people are more willing or likely to report crimes. Police chiefs across the country have advocated for sanctuary cities because it reduces crime and promotes collaboration with law enforcement officials.

Additionally, child advocates believe that people will be more likely enroll their children in school if they do not have to fear deportation.  Maintaining an education base for American citizens as well as work force education is essential to maintaining a healthy economy.

Further, healthcare professionals believe that healthcare is negatively impacted by fear of deportation.  If people with contagious diseases do not seek medical attention, the risk of a serious outbreak increases.

Our local high school’s student leadership advocated for protecting undocumented students from fear of retribution and/or deportation.

An article in The Union recently noted that our county’s current sitting board would not take up the issue.  Supervisor Weston stated, “We will not be putting this on the agenda. The law is the law.”

I would like to see our community focus on a conversation about how we can support our officers who are working on issues facing our community now–homelessness, mental illness, addiction, etc.

Hilary Hodge Releases Fundraising Numbers

Hilary Hodge’s fundraising numbers are in:

A report filed with the Nevada County Clerk’s Office has revealed the fundraising numbers for Hilary Hodge, running for Nevada County’s District 3 Supervisor which includes the greater Grass Valley area. Closing her first fiscal period, first-time candidate Hilary Hodge brought in $30,427.68 in financial contributions between August 1st and December 31st of 2017. Her campaign received an additional $7,763.17 in in-kind contributions.

Unlike some politicians who rely on big-dollar contributions from business interests, the overwhelming majority of Hilary Hodge’s contributions came as relatively small donations from individuals. Hilary received financial support from nearly 300 individuals and small businesses, and the amounts were typically in the $25 to $200 range.

“We are running a grass-roots campaign with the help and support of the entire community,” said Hilary Hodge, who has pledged not to take corporate money. “Our fundraising strategy is to include all people at all levels who wish to contribute. Our campaign believes that no contribution is too small.”

Hilary announced her run for Supervisor in August 2017 to a warm welcome from the community.  “Folks are excited for a fresh perspective for Nevada County government,” said Hilary. The campaign has held public “meet and greets” nearly every week since August and will continue to do so throughout 2018.  For more information go to her website at

The election is June 5th 2018.

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Women’s March 2018

According to The Sacramento Bee:

“An estimated 36,000 people marched to the state Capitol for the second Sacramento Women’s March, according to event co-chairwoman Annie Adams.

The number rose well above attendance estimates for last year’s event, when police said about 20,000 marchers participated.”

The incredible turn out for the women’s marches all over the country is a symbol of the fortitude of this movement.

In 2017, we hosted more than 30 meet-and-greets.  We knocked on nearly 1,000 doors.  And we are just getting started.  Today. we have over 113 active, engaged volunteers.  We are tabling in our community and reaching out to voters.

A record number of women are running for office in the United States.  We are proud to be a part of the movement.

Wild and Scenic: Yale Climate Review

We were honored to be featured in the Yale Climate Review article focusing on our local Wild and Scenic Film Festival hosted by the South Yuba River Citizens League:

“The festival is always supposed to inspire activism, but there’s been more of a focus in the past on personal responsibility,” said Hilary Hodge, a writer, festival veteran, and local nonprofit executive campaigning to become a county supervisor. “This year, I felt like in every session there was an element where it was very clear that part of our environmental crisis is about policy and how laws are made.”