San Andreas man clinches 1st District

archive_import

By SCOTT PESZNECKER

More than two months before the primary election and without hanging a single campaign sign, a San Andreas man will be the next Calaveras County District 1 supervisor.

Retired California Highway Patrol Officer Bill Claudino, 60, was the only person to file election papers for the District 1 supervisorial race in March.

Supervisor Lucy Thein decided not to seek re-election, so Claudino will be the only District 1 candidate on the March ballot.

Which means he can't lose.

"I can't say that's making me feel any which way," Claudino said. "I'm looking forward to doing this job."

Claudino has lived in the county for 35 years, mostly in San Andreas. He served nine years on the Calaveras County Fair Board, mostly during the 1980s.

He also organized and led the Calaveras County Emergency Medical Care Committee, was a member of the Calaveras County Juvenile Justice Commission and is a former president of the Calaveras/California Junior Chamber of Commerce.

Shortly before yesterday's 5 p.m. filing deadline, Claudino stood outside the Calaveras County Government Center, reading headlines from local newspapers.

He glanced over an article about the upcoming District 2 supervisorial race, in which six candidates have filed to replace Supervisor Paul Stein.

Without opposition, Claudino said he won't have to campaign, so he can focus on learning about county issues.

"It's going to save me some time and money," he said.

But Claudino never planned to run unopposed.

He said he first considered running last year, as his 37-year career with the CHP wound down. He then made the decision to seek the supervisor post before Thein announced she'd let her term expire.

As for his future as supervisor, Claudino downplays his Republican political views. He said a supervisor's political affiliation is irrelevant to the job.

"I firmly believe the job of a supervisor is to represent the people," he said.

11515702
The Union Democrat
This image is copyrighted.

Reach all of Sonora, Calaveras County, Tuolumne, Angels Camp, Twain Harte, & Jamestown with your items to sell.

Ads appear Online and in Print

View Classifieds Place an Ad

Connect with The Union Democrat

Union Democrat Newsstand

Tuesday August 23, 2016

Read digital interactive editions of our publications

Read Today's Edition Take A Tour

More Publications by The Union Democrat

View All Publications
More than a coach

08/17/2016

Thomas Kruetzfeldt had just returned from a late afternoon run with his ... more

Cal Fire battalion chief remembered

08/15/2016

Whenever Mike Spear’s children heard of a nearby fire, they worried about ... more

Sonora area group launches a new radio station

08/18/2016

First envisioned more than a decade ago, a Sonora-area radio station with ... more

Nursed back to health, hawk flies free

08/19/2016

Sonora resident Laura Reid was driving on Tuolumne Road when she saw ... more

No immunizations, no school in California

08/17/2016

Cyndra Joaquin, cradling her three-month-old during a recent visit to the health ... more