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Coming to a ballot near you …

May 29, 2012

Lengthy ballots await Inyo County voters who are participating in the Presidential Primary Election next Tuesday, June 5. Photo by Darcy Ellis

In addition to deciding the political fates of state and national lawmakers and the men and women challenging them for office, local residents in three areas of the county will also be casting votes on next Tuesday in races affecting the Inyo County Board of Supervisors and Board of Education.
Residents from Lone Pine south to the Kern County line and east to the Nevada state line will be voting for District 5 Supervisor – a four-year term being sought by incumbent Richard Cervantes and challengers Jim Genrty and Matt Kingsley.
Voters residing south of Bishop in the communities of Wilkerson, Big Pine, Aberdeen and Independence will be casting votes for District 4 Supervisor – a four-year term sought by incumbent Marty Fortney and challengers Chris Dangwillow, Mark Tillemans and Nina Weisman.
Residents of the City of Bishop will be voting on two races. The four-year term of District 2 Supervisor is being sought by incumbent Susan Cash and challengers Russ Aldridge and Jeff Griffiths. Board of Education Trustee Area 2 incumbent Lynn Cooper is being challenged by Kenny Lloyd.
All Inyo County voters will be casting ballots in the race for District 8 U.S. Congressional Representative – a six-year term being sought by 10 Republican candidates, two Democratic contenders and one challenger with no party preference.
All local voters can also help decide the race for District 26 State Assembly – a four-year term being sought by incumbent Connie Conway, a Republican from Tulare, and challenger Jonathan Sosa, a Democrat from Visalia. (Conway is not be confused with Jackie Conaway, a Democratic contender from Barstow for District 8 Congressman.)
Voters countywide will also see on their June 5 ballots the race for U.S. Senator. Incumbent Dianne Feinstein (D-California) is being challenged for retention of her seat, and another six-year term, by 23 fellow Californians: five Democrats, 14 Republicans; one American Independent; one Libertarian; and two Peace and Freedom party members.
Residents will be able to vote on any candidate of their choosing in all of these races, regardless of political affiliation. The top two vote-getters will advance from next Tuesday’s Primary to the Nov. 6 General Election.
Runoff elections might prove unnecessary in some of the local elections, if a candidate is able to garner the needed 50-percent-plus-one majority to be declared the outright victor.
Also on the June 5 ballots for all local voters will be candidates for the office of U.S. President, but which candidates voters see will depend on what political party they are registered with.
Rounding out the lengthy ballots for Inyo County voters will be two statewide ballot propositions – Prop 28, which seeks to place term limits on state political offices, and Prop 29, which would impose a $1 tobacco tax. (For more on these propositions, see pg. 5.)
For more information on local elections, call the Inyo County Elections Department at (760) 878-0224.
For more information on state and national elections, visit

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