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Hilary Hodge Releases Her Endorsements

Hilary Hodge, candidate for Nevada County District 3 Supervisor, released her endorsements this week with support from former Nevada County Supervisors, community leaders, and some of California’s top lawmakers.

Hilary Hodge’s supporters include former Nevada County Supervisors Peter Van Zant and Elizabeth “Izzy” Martin.

“I’m endorsing Hilary Hodge for the new ideas and fresh energy she will bring to the Board of Supervisors,” said Van Zant. “Hilary’s long time roots in Northern California and her experience in local jobs development and economic development are needed now.  She understands the unique and strategic role the Board of Supervisors plays in the economic, cultural, and social life of Nevada County.”

Two of California’s Constitutional Officers endorsed Hilary Hodge along with California State Senator Kevin de Leon. California’s Insurance Commissioner and candidate for state Attorney General, Dave Jones is among Hilary’s supporters along with California Board of Equalization member, Fiona Ma. Hilary’s supporters also include neighboring community elected officials Marnie Mendoza, Mayor Pro Tem of Colfax, and Sacramento City Councilmember Steve Hansen.

“We need a Supervisor who is going to reach across community and county lines in order to work for Nevada County. I will be that Supervisor,” said Hilary Hodge. “We need innovative ideas and collaboration to ensure our community’s future. With my experience and my relationships, I’m the best qualified candidate for the job.”

Hilary Hodge is supported by a number of community members including the past Executive Director of the Center for the Arts, Julie Baker; local broadband champion, John Paul; CEO of California Solar Electric, Lars Ortegren; and Co-founder of See Jane Do, Elisa Parker.

To view the full and growing list of Hilary Hodge’s supporters click here.

Don’t Trash the Planet. Don’t Trash the Signs.

Let’s reduce our environmental impact by ensuring our resources are used in smart and productive ways.  

I care about the natural beauty of our environment. I believe that we should properly steward our natural resources.

In celebration of International Day of Forests (March 20th), World Water Day (March 21st), and Earth Hour Day (March 24th) I am calling on all of our supporters and everyone in our community to help us reduce waste.

Political signs are a tradition that support the freedom of speech in our community and in our country. Additionally, political signs are a tradition that use natural resources.

Our campaign is dedicated to the reuse and recycling of all of our campaign materials. After election day on June 5th, we will store all of our reusable materials and we will recycle the rest.

Please don’t trash political signs from any campaign. When folks dispose of campaign signs, it can be costly to a campaign but it is equally costly to mother earth.  

If you are no longer wanting a campaign sign, or if you think a sign has improperly placed, please contact the campaign so that they may reuse it or move it.

If you would like a “Hilary Hodge for Supervisor” campaign sign for your yard or business please email:

Where does our funding come from?

We are happy to announce that we are supported by individuals and organizations from our community.

The “Hodge for Supervisor 2018” campaign received 235 donations in the first filing period. 202 of those donations were from individuals residing in Nevada County.  Of the 33 donations that weren’t local, all of them were individual contributions from California and were from Hilary’s friends and family.  The vast majority of our donations, are from Grass Valley, Penn Valley, Rough and Ready etc.  We are supported by local volunteers and donors.

“Scrolling through the long (63 pages) list of Hilary contributors it’s clear to me that Hilary is the grass roots candidate and she has tremendous local support with voters,” said Nevada County resident Lang Waters. “Count the donations. Hilary is the candidate with local voter support. She has nearly three times the number of local contributors to her campaign than her opponent.”

Our commitment is to Nevada County. Our support comes from Nevada County. We are here for the entire community.

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.