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Election field set for June

Chris Howard unopposed for District 3 supervisor post

Chris Howard is unopposed for District 3 supervisor, while two candidates will face off in the race for Del Norte County district attorney in the June 3 primary election.

No one new has filed papers in those races despite Wednesday’s extended deadline, said County Elections Officer Alissia Northrup. The candidates running for county assessor and treasurer-tax collector are also uncontested, she said. 

Because the incumbents chose not to file their papers by Friday, the deadline to turn in signatures and pay filing fees for the District 3 supervisor, district attorney, county assessor and treasurer-tax collector races was extended to 5 p.m. Wednesday.

“No one else has filed,” Northrup said.

Candidates had to take out election papers and collect a minimum of 20 valid signatures from registered voters, Northrup said.

Howard, a Hiouchi resident, is poised to replace Supervisor Mike Sullivan, who is not seeking re-election. 

Jennifer Perry is running for unopposed assessor and Barbara Lopez is unopposed for treasurer-tax collector. Perry will replace current assessor Louise Wilson. Lopez will replace current treasurer-tax collector Dawn Langston. In other races:

• Local attorney Robert Drossel and public defender Dale Trigg will square off for Del Norte County district attorney. 

• Incumbent Gerry Hemmingsen is unopposed for District 4 supervisor, as is Don Olson for superintendent of schools. 

• Incumbent Clinton Schaad is unopposed for auditor-controller, and Northrup is unopposed for county clerk-recorder.

• Four candidates are running for sheriff: Incumbent Dean Wilson, Crescent City Police Sgt. Erik Apperson, Yurok Police Sgt. Elwood “Butch” Lee and former Sheriff Jim Maready.

• Local attorneys Darren McElfresh and Dohn Henion are challenging incumbent Chris Doehle for Del Norte County Superior Court Judge. Doehle was appointed by the Governor’s Office to finish Judge Robert Wier’s term after he retired.

Meanwhile, chances are currently good that the Jefferson state advisory measure will be on the June ballot, Northrup said. But if adding the measure makes it necessary to add a page to the ballot, it will not be included in that election, according to the California Elections Code.

“That’s the only thing that will stop it at this point,” Northrup said.

Northrup said she has received one argument in favor of the state of Jefferson, one opposing and an impartial analysis from County Counsel Gretchen Stuhr. Northrup will accept rebuttals to arguments up until March 21.

“Those will all be in the sample ballot,” She said. “(According to) my calendar that I’ve set up with the printers, I’m supposed to have all the text and everything by the 21st.”

The measure asks voters to weigh in on whether supervisors should support a declaration to withdraw Del Norte from California to join a proposed new state of Jefferson. Supervisors approved placing the advisory measure on the ballot last month.

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