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   These are a few of the stories you will find in this week's printed newspaper:

  • Lucky dog: After eight harrowing days lost in the Plumas National Forest, a missing Shetland sheepdog was found. He was hungry, tired, cold, scratched, limping on bloody paws and missing some fur. But his tail was wagging.
  • On trial: The trial for a Quincy man accused of inflicting fatal injuries on a toddler in 2013 is scheduled to begin March 12.
  • Moving on: Just days after Plumas District Hospital announced that it couldn’t take over Quincy Nursing & Rehabilitation, several residents of the facility have found new homes.

Berg announces write-in candidacy for November

Debra Moore
Staff Writer

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.”



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