Deadline to file for election to open seats is tomorrow
Councilwoman Kelly Schellong and College of the Redwoods trustee Rick Bennett are among several incumbents who will not seek re-election in November.
The filing deadline to run for local office in the upcoming election passed last week; however, deadlines have been extended until tomorrow for offices that incumbents aren’t contesting.
Anyone interested in running for a spot on the Crescent City Council or the Del Norte County Library District still has a chance to file. The District 5 seat for the Del Norte County Unified School District Board of Trustees and the county’s trustee position on CR’s board are open as well.
For the City Council, both Schellong and Councilman Richard Enea’s terms are up, but only Enea chose to refile.
Schellong said her decision not to run again was a difficult one, but one that felt in line with some big changes in her life, like her son graduating from high school and leaving for the military.
“I’d like to refocus my energy on things I’d like to do,” she said. “It’s really hard for me to not be on the council. I have a real bond with the city and staff, and I really care about this community. It’s hard to walk away.”
As for the Library District, terms are up for two trustees — Sutton and Jeanne Bishop — but only Sutton, also running for City Council, chose to refile.
Others who have filed in the library race, which hasn’t gone to election since the early ’90s, are Jim Coston, Angela Glore, Anita Janis and Angela Stanley.
A School Board position is open after Jennifer England didn’t refile because she moved to Grants Pass.
Board members Don McArthur and Lori Cowan have filed to run for re-election. Angela Greenogh, Jamie Forkner and Janet Wortman have also filed for the School Board race.
Bennett didn’t refile for his trustee position on the College of the Redwoods Board because he’s retiring.