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Bevy of seats up for election in June, November

Candidates have started pulling paperwork for elections to be held this coming year.

Several key posts in Tuolumne and Calaveras counties, along with state and district offices, will be voted on in the June 3 primary election. 


In Tuolumne County, two county Board of Supervisors seats and two Sonora City Council seats are up for election. Additionally, several county leadership positions — Assessor-Recorder, County Clerk-Auditor Controller, District Attorney, Sheriff-Coroner, Superintendent of Schools and Treasurer-Tax Collector — will be voted on. All of those are four-year terms.

Positions in Calaveras County include Assessor, Auditor-Controller, Clerk-Recorder, Coroner-Public Administrator, District Attorney, Sheriff, Superintendent of Schools, Treasurer-Tax Collector and two county Board of Supervisors seats.

Superior Court judges — two in Tuolumne County and two in Calaveras County — are also up for election. Those include seats in Tuolumne County held by James Boscoe and newly-appointed Kate Powell Segerstrom, and John Martin and newly-appointed Hugh Swift in Calaveras County.

Judge positions are six-year terms.

Candidates pull paperwork to collect signatures that will reduce or waive their filing fees. It also serves another purpose.

“It tells people you want to run,” said Debi Bautista, Tuolumne County clerk and auditor-controller.

So far, Tuolumne County incumbents Bautista, Sheriff Jim Mele and Treasurer-Tax Collector Shelley Piech have pulled paperwork as well as Segerstrom and Boscoe.

Assessor-Recorder Ken Caetano plans to retire, and Kaenan Whitman, a county appraiser, has pulled paperwork to run for the position.

Meanwhile, Superintendent of Schools Joe Silva will retire, and Margie Bulkin, deputy superintendent of schools, has pulled paperwork to run, county staff said.

Incumbent for Tuolumne County District Attorney is Mike Knowles.

Sonora City Council incumbents are Hank Russell and Matt Hawkins.

Tuolumne County Board of Supervisors seats up for election are Randy Hanvelt and Evan Royce. Hanvelt represents District 2, which includes the Soulsbyville and Phoenix Lake areas, while Royce represents District 3, which includes Tuolumne and Twain Harte.

The Calaveras County Board of Supervisors members up for election are Merita Callaway and Darren Spellman. Callaway represents District 3, which includes Murphys and the upper Highway 4 corridor, while Spellman represents the Valley Springs area. 

As of Monday, 10 people had pulled elections paperwork in Calaveras County.

They include incumbents Assessor Leslie Davis, District Attorney Barbara Yook, Auditor-Controller Rebecca Callen, Treasurer-Tax Collector Barbara Sullivan and Superintendent of Schools Kathy Northington. 

Callaway has pulled papers as has Michael Oliveira for the District 3 supervisors race. 

Spellman has said he is running for reelection next year. 

Additionally, Tim Healy has pulled papers for Calaveras County Superior Court judge and Patrick Garrahan for Sheriff.

Rebecca Turner, current Calaveras County election coordinator, has pulled paperwork for Clerk-Recorder as Madaline Krska, current clerk-recorder, plans to retire at the end of her term. 

The filing period for candidates to declare their official candidacy is Feb. 10 to March 7, while a “declaration of intention” for judicial candidates is from Jan. 27 to Feb. 5.

The June 3 primary election also will feature several state positions — governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state, controller, treasurer, attorney general and insurance commissioner in addition to superintendent of public instruction and Board of Equalization Member District 1. 

The top two candidates for each of those positions will be voted on in the November general election. 

Also, up for election will be U.S. Congressional representative for District 4, currently Tom McClintock, as well as legislative positions for State Senate District 8, currently Tom Berryhill, and State Assembly District 5, now represented by Frank Bigelow.

Next year’s general election, which will feature state ballot measures and elections for area schools and special districts, will be held Nov. 4.

At last count, there are 30,923 registered voters in Tuolumne County. Of those, 12,956 are registered Republican, 9,850 are registered Democrat and 6,173 have no political party preference.

In Calaveras County, there are 26,921 voters with 11,400 registered Republican and 8,286 registered Democrat. Those with no party preference total 5,109.

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