Berg announces write-in candidacy for November
Alice Berg, the write-in candidate for District 5 supervisor who garnered 8 percent of the vote in the June primary, announced she intends to try again in November.
In a written statement submitted to this newspaper June 20, Berg wrote, “Many, many folks have reached out to me and said they would have voted for me if they hadn’t already voted by mail.”
Berg filed as a write-in candidate less than three weeks before the June 3 election, challenging incumbent Jon Kennedy (who had already announced that he would be leaving the area) and candidates Jim Judd and Jeff Engel.
Engel was the top vote earner with 608; Judd had 542 and Berg garnered 123. Since no candidate received 50 percent plus one of the total votes cast, the seat goes to a runoff in November.
Berg wrote in her statement, “And, I received so many calls from folks asking me to ‘run next time.’ So, I have decided to push forward with a write in campaign for the November election. Although I will be at a minor disadvantage because my name will not be on the ballot, we are now on more a level playing field in terms of time remaining to campaign.”
Can a candidate who lost in the primary run as a write-in in the general election? This was uncharted territory for the county elections office, but after consulting with the Secretary of State’s office, officials deemed that Berg could indeed become a formal write-in candidate when the filing period opens Sept. 8.
Melinda Rother, the assistant clerk/recorder, said her office did a lot of research and determined “we can’t find anything that says she can’t, so we deem that she can.”
Rother explained that local elections are not part of the “top-two primary” that resulted from Proposition 14, which prohibits candidates from running as write-ins in the general election.
Cathy Darling-Allen, Shasta County’s clerk and registrar of voters, agreed.
“This has come up several times,” she said during a phone interview June 20. “Local races are not top two, so it would be allowed.”