June primary nears Voters weigh in on state propositions and races
For most Plumas County residents, the June 3 primary ballot contains unopposed candidates for county offices, a host of state offices, two state propositions and one congressional race.
Registered voters in District 5 face the biggest choice: four candidates for supervisor including one who no longer wants to win, and a write-in who announced her candidacy last week.
Clio resident Alice Berg hopes it’s not too late to wage a campaign for supervisor. Berg will rely on social media, including her website votealiceberg.com, to reach constituents. Her name will not appear on the ballot, so voters will need to write it on the appropriate line.
Counting those write-in votes can be time consuming.
“We have to hand count all of those ballots,” said Kathy Williams, the county’s chief elections official. “We physically remove all of the write-ins; we won’t know how many votes she receives until the next day.”
Berg will be hoping that she will be one of the top two vote earners and win a place in the November runoff. It’s possible that one candidate could receive 50 percent plus one vote, the amount needed to win the election during the primary, but in a field of four candidates that is difficult.
The three names on the ballot are Jon Kennedy, the incumbent who plans to relocate at the end of his current term, and Jeff Engel and Jim Judd.
The other county races will be easier to tabulate as they are unchallenged and there are no official write-in candidates. Sheriff Greg Hagwood, District Attorney David Hollister, Treasurer Julie White, Auditor Roberta Allen, Assessor Chuck Leonhardt, County Clerk Kathy Williams, Superintendent of Schools Micheline Miglis and District 3 Supervisor Sherrie Thrall are running unopposed.
Multiple candidates are running for the state offices of governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state, controller, treasurer, attorney general, insurance commissioner and board of equalization.
Congressman Doug LaMalfa is being challenged by fellow Republican Gregory Cheadle, and two Democrats, Heidi Hall and Dan Levine.
Two state measures, Propositions 41 and 42, are also on the ballot. Prop. 41 is a bond act for veterans’ housing, and Prop. 42 eliminates state reimbursement for public meeting costs.