REDDING, Calif. -

Supporters of the State of Jefferson are getting closer to approaching the Shasta County Board of Supervisors for support.

There were several members of the Jefferson Declaration Committee at a board meeting Tuesday.

Robert Smith, a member of the Jefferson Declaration Committee, said he’s met individually with three of the five members on the Shasta County Board of Supervisors, and he plans to meet with the final two very soon.

“We’ve had some very open and honest discussions with our Board of Supervisor Members, and once they understood what we’re really up to, restoring representation and getting our voice back in the Northstate, they’ve been a lot more supportive,” Smith said.

Smith also said he expects to see Jefferson on the Shasta County Board of Supervisors Agenda, and a thorough discussion of the issue, within the next two months.

He also said they’ve had active interest from 18 California counties.

Siskiyou, Modoc and Glenn counties have declared their desire to separate from California and form the State of Jefferson.

Tehama and Del Norte counties will propose the idea on the ballot this November for voters to decide.