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Challenger emerges in City Council race

July 31, 2012

With less than two weeks to go before the filing period closes, four residents have secured themselves a place on Bishop ballots in hopes of being elected this November to one of three available City Council seats.
Incumbents Laura Smith, Susan Cullen and David Stottlemyre will be joined in the Nov. 7 General Election by Keith Glidewell, a local educator.
All four residents became official candidates by taking out and returning Declarations of Candidacy before the close of the filing period on Aug. 10 – the same deadline that applies to anyone hoping to appear on the November Ballot as a candidate for one of the many county special districts.
Because all three incumbents on the City Council have already filed their candidacy papers, there will be no extension for the City Council Filing Period.
Assistant City Clerk Denise Gillespie said Pat Gardner, a physical therapist, had also taken out papers, but had not returned them as of Monday.
The seat of City Treasurer is also up for election on Nov. 6. As of Monday, incumbent Bob Kimball was the only resident to return (or take out) candidacy papers.
In the county arena, positions are available on several special election districts from throughout the county, including the Big Pine Unified School District, Bishop Unified School District, Death Valley Unified School District, Lone Pine Unified School District, Owens Valley Unified School District, Round Valley Joint Elementary School District, Northern Inyo County Local Hospital District, Southern Inyo Healthcare District and the Inyo-Mono Resource Conservation District.
Inyo County Clerk Kammi Foote said as of Friday, several residents had already taken out candidacy papers for the special districts, but many districts have yet to have a candidate apply.
For the BPUSD Board of Trustees, residents Denelle Carrington, Robert C. Vance, Sandra Lund and Carla R. Bacoch have all taken out papers and will be appearing on the November ballot.
Glidewell, who is running for Bishop City Council, did take out papers for the BUSD Board post, but later withdrew, apparently to run for the city seat.
Lone Pine resident Susan Kay Patton is the only person to have expressed interest in running for the LPUSD Board.
In Independence, April Zrelak is the only resident who has come forward to serve on the OVUSD Board.
Foote said as of Friday, no candidates have stepped forward to run for the Death Valley School District board, or the Round Valley Joint Elementary School District board.
For the Northern Inyo County Local Hospital District, John A. Ungersma is the only resident slated to be on the ballot and Steven Davis is the only candidate scheduled to run for the Southern Inyo Healthcare District.
In addition to the races for special election districts, the November ballot will also include two runoffs for county supervisorial seats.
In the Fourth District, incumbent Marty Fortney will square off against challenger Mark Tillemans.
In the Fifth District, incumbent Richard Cervantes failed to generate enough votes to make it to the runoff, and challengers Jim Gentry and Matt Kingsley will be vying for the seat.
Those who wish to run for public office have until Aug. 10 to pick up, complete and return all candidacy papers.
For more information, contact the County Elections Office at (760) 878-0224; or, regarding City Council or City Treasurer, contact Gillespie at (760) 873-5863.

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