Deadline nears to file for spot on June ballot

By: Gloria Young, Journal Staff Writer
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Three days before the filing deadline, Placer County’s ballot slate for the June 8 election is nearly in place. “There are still a lot of incumbents who will bring in papers during the last couple of days,” said Jim McCauley, county clerk-recorder, registrar of voters. “It’s typical we’ll get last-minute filers.” The deadline will be extended for at least one seat — that held by District Attorney Brad Fenocchio, who is retiring. “If by chance an incumbent fails to bring in paperwork by Friday, they’ll extend (the deadline) an additional five days” McCauley explained. “Anyone else can file for those seats (during that time), with the exception of the incumbents. That allows someone who doesn’t want to run against an incumbent to enter the race.” The regular filing period ends March 12 and the extended deadline is March 17. In other races, most incumbents are running for another term. In the District 4 congressional race, Congressman Tom McClintock, R-Roseville, could face Auburn resident Michael Babich. Babich has pulled papers but has not yet filed, according to the Placer County Candidate Watch compilation. For the state Assembly 4th District seat, Assemblyman Ted Gaines, R-Granite Bay, filed March 8. So far, he is the lone Republican. Dennis Campanale, Roseville resident and retired fire chief for West Sacramento, has entered as a Democratic Party candidate. Others who have pulled papers but have not yet qualified are Republican Joseph Kammerer, Libertarian David Lee of Roseville and Sacramento Resident Daniel Frederick, Peace and Freedom Party. In the Placer County District 1 Supervisor race, incumbent F.C. Rocky Rockholm and challenger Jack Duran, a Roseville resident, have pulled papers but not yet filed. In District 2, incumbent Robert Weygandt has pulled papers but not yet filed. So far, he faces no challengers. Five Placer County Superior Court seats will be on the ballot. Incumbent Larry Gaddis likely will face Auburn resident Robert Litchfield — both have pulled papers but not formally filed. Incumbents Eugene Gini and Colleen Nichols have filed. Mark Curry and Jeffrey Penney have pulled papers but not yet filed. Assistant District Attorney Scott Owens has drawn papers for the Placer County District Attorney position being vacated by Fenocchio. In other Placer County offices, Assessor Kristen Spears filed Feb. 16, Auditor Katherine Martinis has pulled papers but not yet filed. Clerk Recorder Jim McCauley said he would file this week, Treasurer-Tax Collector Jenine Windeshausen filed March 8, County Sheriff Ed Bonner filed Feb. 26 and Superintendent of Schools Gayle Garbolino-Mojica filed March 4. No other candidates have filed for those jobs. “It’s how the public perceives that person is doing in the job,” McCauley explained about the lack of challengers for those positions. “If they seem satisfied and all is going well, the public has a tendency to go with that person. Usually voters need a reason not to vote for that incumbent.” An area that seems to be generating more interest than usual this year is the political party Central Committee seats, McCauley said. Five candidates have pulled papers for four seats in the Democrats’ District 1. On the Republican side, seven have pulled papers for four seats in District 1, 10 for six seats in District 2, five for four seats in GOP District 3 and eight for four seats in District 4. “A lot of those came in during the last couple of days,” McCauley said. But Placer County Republican Party parliamentarian Ed Rowen cautioned that a number of those who pull papers for candidacy may not be able to complete the process to qualify for the ballot. “It’s takes a certain kind of person to go and knock on doors (to obtain the needed signatures),” he said Tuesday. Even after the last sheet of paper is in place on March 17, that doesn’t mean an incumbent won’t face opposition on Election Day. “There’s still a write-in possibility,” McCauley said. “Everyone’s name appears on the ballot.” The deadline is May 25 to file as a write-in candidate, he said. Gloria Young can be reached at