Two years ago, Lake County Commissioner Position 3 candidate Lucinda Nolan was interested, but not quite ready, to run for Lake County Commissioner at the time Commissioner Brad Winters pursued re-election.
Now, in 2014, she has decided the time is ripe.
In the wake of the Barry Point Fire of 2012, a conversation with Commissioner Dan Shoun served as a motivating point, she said, in learning what is possible to achieve as a commissioner.
Nolan said the voter-approved change to non-partisanship for the commissioner positions in 2013 fell in line with her political sensibilities.
“I was really excited when that went through, and convinced me that I was going to throw my hat in,” she said.
Nolan is the sole challenger against incumbent Commissioner Ken Kestner in this year’s May 20 primary election thus far. A resident of Lake County since 1996, Nolan is plenty familiar with the faces and places within the county.
Married to her husband of 12 years, Gary, the couple has lived in Lakeview since 2010. Both of her children graduated from Paisley High School. Samantha (Negus) Parks graduated in 2001, and taught science at North Lake School for seven years, as well as coached volleyball.
Son Kyle Negus, a 2004 graduate, is currently a deputy for the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Department in Nevada.
Nolan is no stranger to the world of business, having successfully owned and operated two of her own: a janitorial service in Bend and a coffee shop and eatery in Paisley.
In the public sector, she served as the coordinator for the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act Title II program.
Civic involvement includes current membership in the Soroptimists of Lakeview service club, serving as a previous president of the Lake County Community Foundation founding board, a former chairperson for the Lake County Commission on Children and Families and membership with the Lake County Mental Health Advisory Board.
Nolan has also served as an executive director and actor with The Paisley Players community theater group.
Current issues of concern for Nolan range from the ongoing county road department funding concerns to the fate of grazing in light of the BLM’s current sage grouse-related management strategies currently under public comment.
As the issue is being described as the ‘spotted owl’ of the ranching community, Nolan said the potential long-reaching impacts could be devastating in Lake County, depending on what action is taken.
Nolan also supports the use of social media for improved communications of county government issues and topics.
Promotion of the community development loan program as a tool for building economic development is also a component of Nolan’s platform.
“I’m not sure people are aware of it, and people are using it to their full benefit,” she said.
Nolan defines herself as an energetic candidate, a quality she says is necessary for some of the issues faced by the county.