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Four plan to run for 3 Loomis council seats

Term limits proposal could bar two incumbents from serving if they win
By: Joyia Emard, Loomis News Staff Writer
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Three seats will be open on the Loomis Town Council and so far at least four men plan to run. According to Cricket Strock, town clerk, as of Tuesday morning councilmen Miguel Ucovich and Walt Scherer have pulled the forms that must be completed and returned to the town by 5 p.m., Friday, Aug. 6. Councilman Russ Kelley has not pulled his papers to run again, but Strock said he told her he intended to pick them up this week. Randy Elder, president of the South Placer Heritage Foundation also pulled forms, but has not returned them to her office, Crickett said. Vic Markey, a Loomis Realtor is the only person who has completed and returned the forms. In order to run for council, candidates must live in the Town of Loomis, collect signatures from a minimum of 20 Loomis citizens and complete the remaining paper work and return it by the deadline. If all incumbents return their paperwork, the deadline for candidates remains Aug. 6. If any incumbents do not return their paperwork, the deadline for new candidates is extended until 5 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 11. According to Strock, Scherer is serving his fifth terms on the council, although he took a 4-year break in the 1990s. Ucovich is serving his third term. Also on the Nov. 2 ballot for Town of Loomis residents will be a term limits initiative that states candidates may only serve two terms and must remain off the council for eight years before they can run again. If Scherer and Ucovich run and are re-elected and term limits pass, they would not be able to serve and the next two highest vote-getters would serve. Additionally, there are also two seats open on the Loomis Fire Protection District, and three on the Penryn Fire Protection District. The Loomis Union School District will have openings on the board of trustees for areas 3, 4 and 5; and there will be an opening in area 2 on the Placer County Board of Education. For more information about town council, call 652-1840. For information on other open positions, call Placer County Elections at (530) 886-5650 or (800) 824-8683.