Tomorrow marks the beginning of the election process for the March 3 Primary when candidates can begin collecting in-lieu signatures, allowing them to offset filing fees.
The first candidate to declare his candidacy is Plumas County Sheriff Greg Hagwood.
“I will resign my position at the end of December,” said Hagwood, “and run for supervisor to represent District 4.” District 4 is roughly most of Quincy, Meadow Valley and Bucks Lake.
Lori Simpson represents the district now, but announced earlier this year that she would not seek another term.
Hagwood, 53, has worked for the Sheriff’s Office for the past 31 years, the last 10 as sheriff. He has been through three elections, though the last two he ran unopposed.
It remains to be seen what opposition he will face for supervisor.
Hagwood is choosing to run for supervisor because he sees some “significant issues” facing the county including the loss of fire insurance for residents and construction of the new jail.
“I want to harden our critical infrastructure, which includes fire prevention, and, of course, champion public safety,” Hagwood said.
He also wants to be part of a governing board that anticipates needs, rather than be in reactionary mode.
“I would like to see a strategic plan for every department in the county,” he said.
In addition to District 4, two other supervisorial seats are up for election: District 2 (Indian Valley and beyond) currently represented by Kevin Goss, and District 1 (Eastern Plumas and Sierra Valley) which is vacant after the resignation of Michael Sanchez due to health reasons.
Kevin Goss said he will seek another term as District 2 supervisor.
Gov. Gavin Newsom has been asked to name a new supervisor to succeed Sanchez, but his office has no timeline as to when that will occur.
Also on the March Primary ballot will be District 2 Superior Court Judge (currently held by Doug Prouty), as well as state and federal offices:
U.S. Representative District 1
State Senate District 1
State Assembly District 1
Plumas County voters will participate in an all-mail ballot for the March Primary.