Local election season about to get rolling

By Emily Jo Cureton, The Triplicate September 08, 2012 01:02 am

Gitlin and McNamer in supervisor run-off

Goodbye summer fun; hello election season -— just two months to go before the Nov. 6 general election.

In the race for District 1 Del Norte County supervisor, the candidates have already been around the campaign block once this year.

Incumbent Leslie McNamer and challenger Roger Gitlin are on to a run-off after a three-way contest in June failed to yield a majority vote-getter. 


Gitlin finished as the front-runner with 313 votes, or 43.8 percent. McNamer garnered 297 votes, or 41.6 percent, and Crescent City Councilwoman Donna Westfall got 104 votes, or 14.6 percent.

In all, 714 voters from District 1 cast ballots, just 39.5 percent of those registered.

When the Triplicate checked in with the supervisor candidates recently, both hoped the elimination of a third candidate and a spike in voter turnout would go their way this time around. 

Gitlin said: “We are going to have a good turnout. This is a November general. I’m going to be talking to the people who didn’t vote for me and we are going to be talking about how do we change things.”

McNamer said: “When I looked back at what happened in the primary, I realized that there were hundreds of people who didn’t vote and I do hope we have a much better turnout and hopefully I’ll have a much better showing ... I’m going to run on my record and the experience that I have eight years on the Board of Supervisors plus six years working in county government.”

Gitlin said he plans to hit the pavement this week and recommence a door-to-door effort in District 1, which includes Precincts 1, 2 and 3, and falls partly within city limits with outlying areas north and east of Crescent City.

 As of Thursday, there were 1,843 registered voters in this district, up slightly from the June 6 count of 1,808.

“I’m going to be talking to the people who did not vote for me,” Gitlin said of his strategy.

As for McNamer, “During the primary I had just had surgery, so I could not get out there and knock on those doors,” she said. This time around she plans to canvass the neighborhoods. 

After the primary, the county Republican Party Central Committee unanimously endorsed Gitlin, although both candidates are members of the GOP. The office of county supervisor is non-partisan. 

“I have to admit that was blow,” McNamer said. “I absolutely could not understand why they would even take a stand with both of us being Republican and me being an incumbent.”

The Nov. 6 ballot will also include City Council, Harbor Commission and School Board positions.

Mail ballots will be available for pick-up at the County Clerk’s Office, 981 H St., beginning Oct. 8. They will be mailed out Oct. 9, according to County Clerk Alissia Northrup. 

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