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Hilary Hodge To Run For Grass Valley City Council

Grass Valley resident Hilary Hodge, who just completed a race for Nevada County Supervisor and missed her election bid by less than 1 point, has announced her intention to run for Grass Valley City Council. Hodge has completed and submitted the appropriate paperwork to form a campaign committee and enter the race.

“My resolve to serve and to work for the people of Grass Valley has never been stronger,” says Hilary Hodge. “My bid for Nevada County District 3 Supervisor gave me the opportunity to talk with our community in a deep and meaningful way. The people of Grass Valley are ready for innovative ideas and new opportunities and I am ready to lead for the people of Grass Valley.”

Hodge, a first-time candidate in the Supervisor’s race narrowly missed beating long-time incumbent Dan Miller.  “It’s clear to me that there is momentum for new leadership at all levels of government,” notes Hodge. “I’m ready to take what I learned on the campaign trail for Supervisor and move forward for my city.”  The City of Grass Valley lies entirely within the boundary of Supervisory District 3.

Hodge will still need to pull the appropriate paperwork from the City of Grass Valley and submit valid signatures by the filing date.

Where Does Our Funding Come From?

We are happy to announce that we are supported by individuals and organizations from our Nevada County community. We are running a community-based campaign.

Our campaign is corporate-free. We have pledged not to take any money from corporate interests. Unlike our opponent, we haven’t taken any Corporate PAC money.

Our expenses:

Throughout our campaign we have supported small, local businesses, union-labor, and local people.

We have worked to raise money so that the people who are working on our campaign are paid for their time and talent because working people deserve to be paid for their contribution.

Our donors:

As of the last reporting period, we have once again out-fundraised our opponent and we have done so with small donations, recurring donations, and donations from dedicated local people and local or regional organizations who represent Nevada County’s families and interests.  

Our fundraising report is almost twice as long as our opponent’s report because we received nearly twice the amount of small, grassroots donations.  

To date, we have nearly three-times the local donors than our opponent, with the average contribution being between $50 and $150.

We welcome participation at all levels and our grassroots supporters have donated in amounts starting at $1.60. We appreciate any amount our supporters have to give including time, heart, kindness, and money.

In summary:

Our campaign is supported by local and regional organizations who support Nevada County’s working families and local interests. Laborers Local 185 chose to endorse Hilary Hodge for Supervisor because “”Hilary Hodge is a leader who understands the issues facing working families and who is willing to make housing and job creation a top priority.”  Laborers Local 185 represents over 5,000 members throughout its 20-county area and many working families in Nevada County.

We have been honored to receive endorsements and support from organizations like Generation Change, a statewide organization that supports millennial candidates and Sacramento Stonewall, a regional organization that supports LGBTQ candidates.

We’ve been fortunate that some of Hilary’s fellow UC Davis Aggies have given a little money. We have also received donations from some of Hilary’s friends and family members who live in other locales. Of the few Bay Area residents who have given to Hilary’s campaign, many of them are Nevada Union grads who have moved out of the county and who are looking for an opportunity to move home and raise their families in Nevada County. They support Hilary Hodge because she supports economic development, affordable housing, and high-speed internet for our entire community.

In conclusion:

All of the contributions to Hilary Hodge’s campaign have come from Nevada County, from organizations with ties to Nevada County, from people with ties to Nevada County, or from people who know Hilary Hodge personally and support her vision and dedication to our community.

Hilary Hodge has reached across the aisle in order to foster interest in the health of Nevada County. Hilary Hodge will continue to leverage her experience and relationships in order ensure Nevada County’s future.

As Supervisor, Hilary Hodge will continue to support working families in our community.  She will continue to foster relationships that will bring opportunities for success for all the people in Nevada County.

Hilary Hodge Receives Endorsement From Laborers

Laborers Local 185 is proud to endorse Hilary Hodge for Nevada County District 3 Supervisor.  Laborers Local 185 represents over 5,000 members throughout their 20 county area of coverage and many working families in Nevada County.  The goal of Laborers Local 185 is to support candidates who will fight for working families. Hilary Hodge has best understanding of priorities facing working middle-class families, and the community.

“Hilary Hodge understands the changing economy and the complex issues facing working families today.  We feel that she is the best candidate represent the people of Nevada County.” said Doyle S. Radford Jr., labor leader.

“Hilary Hodge is a leader who understands the issues facing working families and who is willing to make housing and job creation a top priority. We need a Supervisor who will support projects that lead to housing and jobs. Hilary has innovative ideas and we are proud to support her.”

Laborers Local 185 is a part of the Laborers International Union of North America.

Hilary Hodge supports Sammie’s Friends

I want to state for the record that I unequivocally support Sammie’s Friends and the renewal of their county contract.

My friends and family and those who have gotten to know me throughout my campaign for District 3 Supervisor, know that I’m an enthusiastic animal lover. As the owner of six pets, three shelter adoptions and three strays, I never thought I’d be entrenched in a controversy over animal welfare.

When The Union wrote on April 20th that “Hodge said the proposal, while unfortunate, is the correct move,” they only reported a portion of my entire statement.

At a debate against my opponent on Thursday April 19th, when I answered the question about our local animal shelter and caring for Nevada County’s animals, I attempted to highlight our crumbling infrastructure. The actual quote was, “”Unfortunately, at this time, this is probably going to have to be the right move because our board of supervisors has a history of dereliction when it comes to many of our county services. And one of those [services] has been, unfortunately, our animal facility. We are now at a crossroads where our animal facility needs updating. It needs upkeep. And it might need to be completely redone. So we have some animals in our community whose care is going to have to be outsourced to Placer County.”

As a long time supporter of Sammie’s Friends, when I listened to my statement, I was also shocked by what I heard and realized how it might have been interpreted. I called reporter Alan Riquelmy and left a message letting him know that I wanted to go on record explicitly stating “I support Sammie’s friends and renewing their contract.” That part of the conversation did not make it to press.

For those who read the report or heard my statement in a different way than what I meant, I apologize. I want the community to know that I stand behind Sammie’s Friends. I want to see our unsheltered animals have access to adequate facilities and services.

As stated on my website, “I support the extension of the Sammie’s Friends contract. Our people and our pets deserve the best. I stand with Sammie’s Friends and their incredible efforts on behalf of our community’s animals. Sammie’s Friends has been doing amazing work with little support, and this public-private partnership shouldn’t be squandered. We need an updated animal shelter in our community and it is clear that the public wants to see this happen. Let’s continue to put pressure on our elected officials to make sure we can care for our community’s animals, and as Supervisor I will work to ensure our animals receive the support they need.”

Our family veterinarian has offered her enthusiastic support. “I’ve had the pleasure of being Hilary’s veterinarian, at Brunswick Veterinary Clinic, for the past 7 years,” said Dr. Michelle Meyer. “ I have always found her to go above and beyond in the care and comfort of her pets. I know she is a huge supporter of Sammie’s Friends and has adopted a cat from our local non-profit organization, Sammie’s Friends. I know Hilary has a huge heart for both the people and animals of our community.”

I am a concerned community member running for office. I am not a career politician and I have no practice in trying to distill important issues into one minute soundbites. My heart is in this campaign and I will always work for this community. I will continue to admit when I’ve made a mistake and as Supervisor, I will reach out with transparency.

I support our animal rights community and I support Sammie’s Friends.

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.