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Residents interested in running for local public office this June can begin testing the waters as soon as tomorrow.
The official filing period for prospective candidates for the 16 available offices runs Friday, Dec. 27 through Feb. 20 and is the first step in securing a spot on the June 3 ballot.
Positions up for election in the Direct Primary include two seats on the Board of Supervisors; the offices of District Attorney, Sheriff and Superintendent of Schools; and one of Inyo Countyâ€™s two Superior Court Judge positions.
During the filing period that begins Friday, prospective candidates â€“ newcomers and incumbents alike â€“ will be required to either collect a certain amount of voter signatures or pay a filing fee, which in some cases is based on a percentage of the officeâ€™s salary.
Because this phase often involves getting out among the voters, at least for those candidates who choose the Petition in Lieu of Filing Fees, this period is often seen as a chance for political hopefuls to gauge public sentiment before launching an official campaign.
Indeed, according to Inyo County Clerk-Recorder-Registrar of Voters Kammi Foote, residents do not become official candidates â€“ and become eligible for placement on the ballot â€“ until they file Declarations of Candidacy and circulate Nomination Papers, a process that follows the filing period and runs Feb. 11 to March 7.
If any incumbent fails to file for re-election by March 7, the nomination period for that office will be extended to March 12.
Read more in the Dec. 26, 2013 edition of The Inyo Register.