Chances are Del Norte County residents have likely had a few door-to-door visits and invites to formal fundraisers in recent weeks as candidates delve into their campaign efforts. The California primary is March 3.   

Several candidates are pushing for one of the three open seats on the Del Norte County Board of Supervisors.  

The three seats open for election are District 1, 2 and 5. District 1 covers downtown Crescent City and a portion of U.S. Highway 101 from the harbor to Washington Boulevard. District 2 stretches along Pebble Beach Drive up to the airport and inland, and District 5 falls from the south part of Crescent City to Klamath.  

Supervisor positions for District 3, with Supervisor Chris Howard, and 4, with Supervisor and Board Chair Gerry Hemmingsen, will open in 2022.  

Candidates for the March election have filed their financial reports, solidifying the final running number.  

Current District 1 Supervisor Roger Gitlin is not running for re-election. After serving two full terms, he wants to pursue other things, he confided to Triplicate. Competing for his seat are Del Norte Ambulance General Manager John Pritchett and volunteer firefighter and former Mayor Pro Tempore Darrin Short.   

District 2 is a crowded field in this election with three people in the running. Former Sonoma County probation officer Valerie Starkey and Crescent City harbor commissioner James Ramsey are in the running, along with incumbent Lori Cowan.   

One of the candidates for District 2 must get 51% of the votes. If not, a runoff election will be held in November of 2020, according to Del Norte County Clerk-Recorder Alissia Northrup.  

Kevin Hendrick, former executive director of the Solid Waste Management, is running against incumbent Bob Berkowitz for the District 5 seat.  

Northrup advised that residents should have already received sample ballots in the mail. Vote-by-mail ballots will be sent out this week.   

The election winners will take office in January of 2021. For more information on the candidates, see the Triplicate’s feature articles on each candidate online by searching their name.


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