City, harbor and schoolspots are up for grabs

The deadline to declare candidacy for all but one of the local races passed Friday, with some people coming into the Del Norte County elections office at the last minute to file signatures or prepare candidate statements.

Three seats on the Crescent City Council, three on the Harbor Commission, the Health Care District and the Library District will be on the Nov. 6 ballot, along with the city clerk position.

The harbor, health care and library district offices are filled by countywide elections.

There are also two School Board seats to be filled, and there's till time to file for one of them.

City Council

City planning commissioners Joseph Aliotti and Ron Gastineau, along with small business owner Dennis Sutton, are seeking positions on the Crescent City Council.

They are challenging incumbents Kathryn Murray, Donna Westfall and Rick Holley, who have also filed their candidacy papers. Aliotti and Gastineau had applied for the appointment Holley got back in January.

The top three vote-getters will be the winners.

School Board

Two seats are up for election for the Del Norte Unified School District Board of Trustees.

Linda Crocket, an owner in United Lily Growers, and retired teacher Edna M. Smith are challenging incumbent Frances Costello to represent District 3.

District 3 begins at the Pacific, runs north to the county line and southeast along the north bank of the Smith River, skirting the urbanized areas of Crescent City. It includes Hiouchi, Gasquet and South Fork Road.

Five candidates have filed election papers for District 4, including Jacklyn Engelsma, retired teacher Judith Cordts, clinical psychologist Tod Roy, Roger Daley and dairy farmer Blake Alexandre. Because current District 4 trustee James Maready is not seeking re-election, the filing period for District 4 will be extended to Wednesday, according to County Clerk Alissia Northrup.

District 4 stretches from the coast to just north of Dead Lake. It also includes Fort Dick, Lake Earl and neighborhoods on the west side of Northcrest Drive and both sides of Lake Earl Drive.

School Board districts are the same as county supervisor districts. Maps of the districts are available at

Harbor Commission

Commissioners James Ramsey Jr., Wes White and Scott Feller are seeking re-election. Ranch hand Dylan Clawson, union organizer David Alvarez and Ken Cowan are the challengers.

The top three vote-getters will be the winners.

City Clerk

Robin Patch, the current city clerk, was the only person who filed election papers for the job as of Friday.

Library District

All three incumbents - Colleen Luttrell, John Mertes and Carol Layton - have filed election papers for the three open seats on the Library District Board of Trustees. The board of trustees came under fire in this year's Grand Jury report for making "an effort in concert not to have more than one person running for any seat vacancy," possibly as a cost-saving measure.

No Library District seats have actually appeared on a ballot since 1990, the Grand Jury noted.

Health Care District

Elvira Rodriguez, who works for Morning Star Care Consulting Services, will challenge incumbents Clarke Moore, Kevin Caldwell and Dwayne Reichlin for a seat on the Health Care District Board.

A complete list of positions up for election this year is available at the County Clerk's Office, 981 H St.

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