Kelley will not seek re-election

With incumbent out, filing deadline will be extended for council
By: Joyia Emard, Loomis News Staff Writer
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Two incumbents for Loomis Town Council will run for re-election, but if the one incum-bent who said he won’t run again follows through, the filing deadline will be extended. Councilman Russ Kelley announced he will not seek re-election, but Councilmen Miguel Ucovich and Walt Scherer will. Ucovich returned his completed paperwork to the town earlier this week, and Scherer said he plans to turn his in on Friday. Kelley said this week that instead of running for council, he has returned paperwork to the county and will run for a director position with the Loomis Fire Protection District. Sandra Calvert, chairperson of the Parks, Recreation and Open Space Committee, has pulled papers to run for council, as has Jay Kenoyer. At press, time neither had turned in their completed paperwork. Realtor Vic Markey is the only other candidate who has returned his completed paper-work. Randy Elder, president of the South Placer Heritage Foundation, pulled his paper-work for council, but said he has decided not run. The Loomis News incorrectly reported last week that Elder had submitted completed paperwork for council. Elder said he decided to continue to devote himself to the Blue Goose Fruit Shed and the Heritage Foundation. Kelley said his reason for not seeking another council term was so he can spend more time with his grandchildren. “I want to be able to go to my grandkids’ soccer games and activities. Council meetings get in the way,” Kelley said. Kelley said he has five grandchildren ranging in age from 2 to 15, and another one is due in December. Scherer said he initially had concern about going through chemotherapy and campaigning after his recent diagnosis of colon cancer, but said supporters and friends told him they would help. “I may have difficult days, but I still plan to campaign. This town means an awful lot to me,” Scherer said. As of Tuesday morning, two seats open on the Loomis Fire Protection District are being sought by Kelley and Chris Gibson. Thomas Bowling has returned his papers for one of the three open positions on the Penryn Fire Protection District. Michael Posehn and Brian Myers have taken out paperwork, but not returned it for the Penryn district position. The Loomis Union School District has openings on the board of trustees for areas 3, 4 and 5. Incumbents Mike Edwards and Jeanne Duvall have taken out, but not returned their paperwork. Incumbent Tim Rudolph said he plans to pull and return his paperwork for his seat this week.