As of yesterday, local political hopefuls can now take steps to become official candidates in the upcoming June Primary.
Monday, Feb. 10 marked the start of the formal nomination period required of residents before their names can make it to the ballot. By this stage, most hopefuls have already filed what are known as Petitions in Lieu of Filing Fees, a water-testing phase and the first step in becoming a certified candidate.
By Feb. 20, all prospective candidates are expected to have completed the petition or paid the filing fee, and then by March 7, filed their Declarations of Candidacy during the nomination period.
The deadline for those declarations will be extended to March 12 in at least one race – Inyo County District 1 Supervisor – because the incumbent, Linda Arcularius, will not be running for re-election.
So far, District 1 residents William Stoll, David Tanksley and Dan Totheroh have filed Petitions in Lieu of Filing Fees to run for Arcularius’ seat.
If Inyo County Assessor Tom Lanshaw also decides not to run for re-election, as he indicated was his intention, then the nomination period for that seat will also be extended to March 12.
Bishop City Councilman David Stottlemyre has filed his Petition in Lieu of Filing Fees to run for the Assessor post. Stottlemyre, one year into a second four-year term on the council, said he hopes to be able to fulfill his current term while also serving the county as its assessor.
The only other contested race, besides District 1 Supervisor, is shaping up in the District Attorney’s Office, where D.A. Tom Hardy and ADA Joel Samuels have both filed Petitions in Lieu of Filing Fees for the D.A. job.
Incumbents going unchallenged so far for their positions are District 3 Supervisor Rick Pucci, Clerk-Recorder Kammi Foote, Treasurer-Tax Collector Alisha McMurtrie, Public Administrator Patricia Barton, Sheriff Bill Lutze, Coroner Leon Brune, Auditor-Controller Amy Shephard, Inyo County Superintendent of Schools Terry McAteer and Superior Court Judge Brian Lamb.
Foote filed her Declaration of Candidacy Monday, the first of the candidates to secure a spot on the June 3 ballot. Foote is also the first of the candidates for countywide office to cross the point-of-no-return in the current election cycle. According to Foote, once a candidate for countywide office files a Declaration of Candidacy, he or she cannot withdraw from the race. In other words, his or her name must appear on the ballot as a choice for voters.
And while potential challengers still have until Feb. 20 to file petitions or pay the filing fees and have until March 7 to file Declarations of Candidacy, Lamb has a lock on the Superior Court Judge race.
According to Foote, judicial candidates are also required to file what is known as a Notice of Intent. The deadline to do so for the June Primary was Feb. 5. At this point, Foote said, no other candidates can come forward to challenge Lamb for his position – meaning he’ll be running unopposed.
Yesterday also marked the start of the candidacy period for residents wanting to run for four available seats on the Inyo County Board of Education. These are not countywide positions, but rather are district-specific. These seats were not subject to the Petition in Lieu of Filing Fees period.
Up for election are the seats of Trustee Area 1, held by Alden Nash; Trustee Area 2, held by David Hefner; Trustee Area 3, held by LeeAnn Rasmuson; and Trustee Area 5, held by Chris Langley.
The deadline to file as a candidate for these positions is also March 7.
For more information, call the Clerk-Recorder’s Office at (760) 878-0224 or download the Candidate’s Guide at http://www.inyocounty.us/Recorder/Documents/GD06-14.pdf .