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Election 2014 is officially underway in Plumas County with candidates taking the first steps to the June primary.
The ability to collect in-lieu signatures began Dec. 27, 2013, for two supervisor districts and seven county offices. By collecting in-lieu signatures, candidates can defray a portion of the filing costs for elected office. Collecting in-lieus has traditionally been used as a tool to begin campaigning and gain early support.
Filing fees vary depending on the position’s salary. For example, a supervisorial candidate can expect to pay $445, while a candidate for district attorney would pay $957. Each signature serves to defray a portion of the cost and also varies.
The first candidates to pick up papers from the county elections office were Kathy Williams, the incumbent clerk-recorder; Greg Hagwood, the incumbent sheriff; and Graeagle resident Jim Judd, a District 5 supervisor hopeful.
While collecting in-lieu signatures is a strong indicator that an individual intends to run for an office, the official filing period doesn’t open until Feb. 10 and closes March 7. The offices that are up for election and associated timelines are contained in adjacent boxes.
Dec. 27, 2013
Signatures for in-lieu petitions began
Filing period opens
Last day to file
If an incumbent does not file, the filing period is extended for nonincumbent candidates
Vote-by-mail ballots mailed
All nine incumbents have indicated that they plan to seek another term. The two supervisorial candidates run within their districts, while the other seven office holders must run countywide.
Plumas County offices up for election
|Current office holder|
|District 3 Supervisor (Lake Almanor)|
District 5 Supervisor (Mohawk Valley)
Plumas County Office of Education Superintendent
Check the boundaries
Those seeking countywide office have a large, but easily definable, target audience — all registered voters within the county.
The supervisorial candidate campaigns require a detailed map to determine their constituency base. The 10-year census triggered a boundary realignment in an effort to maintain population parity.
District 3 encompasses the Lake Almanor area, including Chester. Previously, the district didn’t include the east shore of Lake Almanor or Hamilton Branch, which had been part of District 2, but now District 3 includes those areas as well.
District 5 has changed significantly. Historically it extended from Graeagle to East Quincy. Now it includes more of the Mohawk Valley, but hops over Cromberg, Sloat and Greenhorn, and picks up a much smaller portion of East Quincy.
A map is available by visiting www.countyofplumas.com and clicking on Board of Supervisors and then Supervisorial District Boundary Information.
But the map doesn’t show specific streets; that information is available by calling the clerk-recorder’s office at 530-283-6256.
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