Just as one man picks up papers in the District 5 supervisor race, another drops out.
Mark Dougan, a Clio resident and member of the 2012-13 grand jury, picked up in-lieu papers from the Plumas County clerk’s office as another Eastern Plumas resident, Jim Judd, withdrew from contention.
“With limited time before the May 5th mail ballots go out, building the foundation required to properly address the pressing issues our team would need to convey, dictates that we postpone going forward in this election cycle,” Judd wrote in a statement for this newspaper. “We would rather delay, taking the proper time to build the groundwork needed to solve the local challenges not being addressed by our current Supervisor or the current Board.”
Judd’s decision leaves incumbent Jon Kennedy, long-time resident and businessman Jeff Engel, and Dougan as three potential candidates for District 5 supervisor, representing Graeagle, the Mohawk Valley and parts of East Quincy.
The final slate of candidates won’t be known until the March 7 deadline to file declarations of candidacy. As seen with Judd, 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 and closes March 7.
Candidates do not have to take out in-lieu papers. 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.
Most of the incumbents for the county’s other elected positions have taken out in-lieu paperwork, including Sheriff Greg Hagwood, District Attorney David Hollister, Clerk-Recorder Kathy Williams, Treasurer Julie White and County Office of Education Superintendent Micheline Miglis. Assessor Chuck Leonhardt and Auditor Roberta Allen have indicated that they will run to retain their positions.
Election day is June 3, with vote-by-mail ballots going out May 5.
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