One month remains to declare candidacy for June election

Debra Moore
Staff Writer
The deadline to file for the June primary election is just a month away, and unless other candidates emerge, most county officials will run unopposed.

With two county supervisor seats up for election, as well as the rest of the county’s elected officials, only the District 5 supervisor race has drawn multiple candidates.

Four candidates picked up in-lieu documents from the county clerk’s office for District 5, but one has since announced that he will not seek the office at this time. 

Incumbent Jon Kennedy, long-time resident and businessman Jeff Engel, and former grand jury member Mark Dougan are three potential candidates for District 5 supervisor, representing Graeagle, the Mohawk Valley and parts of East Quincy. Businessman Jim Judd, who intended to challenge Kennedy, reconsidered that decision. 

The final slate of candidates won’t be known until the March 7 deadline for declarations of candidacy. Taking out in-lieu paperwork does not mean an individual will actually seek office.

Collecting signatures offsets a portion of filing fees and is often used as a campaign tool, but the official period to file declarations of candidacy doesn’t begin until Feb. 10. 

Sherrie Thrall, the incumbent supervisor for District 3, representing the Lake Almanor area, is not taking out in-lieu papers. She plans to pay the full filing fee when she submits her declaration of candidacy. 

Incumbents for the county’s other elected positions have taken out in-lieu paperwork, including: 

Assessor Chuck Leonhardt

Auditor Roberta Allen 

Sheriff Greg Hagwood

District Attorney David Hollister

Clerk/Recorder Kathy Williams

Treasurer Julie White 

County Office of Education Superintendent Micheline Miglis 

As this newspaper went to press, none of the incumbents has a challenger. 

Election day is June 3, with vote-by-mail ballots going out May 5.


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