There are 13 local candidates in four contested races to be decided by Tuolumne County voters in the June 5 primary election.

The Board of Supervisors and treasurer-tax collector races could be decided in the primary if one of the candidates wins with at least one vote more than 50 percent, otherwise the top-two vote getters will head to runoff in the Nov. 6 general election.

Two open seats on the Sonora City Council race will be decided in the primary election by voters who live within the three-square-mile city limits. The top-two vote getters will be installed at the council’s first meeting in July.

All local races are nonpartisan.

Here’s some background information on each of the candidates:

District 2 Supervisor:

Randy Hanvelt (Incumbent)

Age: 74

Place of residence: Soulsbyville area

Political party registration: Republican

A retired global corporate executive for General Electric who is seeking his third consecutive four-year term on the board representing District 3. Hanvelt moved to the Soulsbyville area in the mid-2000s after retiring. He has advocated for the county at the state and federal level for changes to laws related to forest management. He serves as first vice chair of the Rural County Representatives of California.

Dave Titchenal

Age: 59

Place of residence: Willow Springs

Political party registration: Republican

A Tuolumne County native and leader of the local State of Jefferson movement that calls for the county to secede from California and form a 51st state with other mostly rural, Northern California counties. Titchenal has advocated for conservative policies and was critical of the board’s decision last year to increase their salaries by 27 percent from just under $40,000 to more than $51,000 a year. If elected, he vows to introduce a resolution for the county to formally oppose California’s new “sanctuary state” law.

Ryan Campbell

Age: 37

Place of residence: Crystal Falls area

Political party registration: No party preference

As an administrative analyst assigned to tree mortality projects for the county’s Office of Emergency Services, Campbell has helped put together and oversee dozens of projects that have removed more than 5,000 dead trees threatening homes, roads and other public facilities. He is a husband and father of three who says he wants to help working families by improving the county’s crumbling road network, fully funding services like public libraries and expanding broadband Internet access.

District 3 Supervisor:

Anaiah Kirk

Age: 33

Place of residence: Soulsbyville

Political party registration: Republican

A Summerville High School graduate who worked his way up from working as a probation officer for Merced County to his current job as a supervising correctional counselor at Sierra Conservation Center in Jamestown. He entered the race shortly after speaking out at a special board meeting in January against easing any restrictions on commercial marijuana sales or cultivation, which he believes could irreversibly damage the county both socially and culturally.

Merv Cancio

Age: 59

Place of residence: Twain Harte

Political party registration: No party preference

A teacher at Curtis Creek Elementary School for the past 34 years who has received the endorsement of outgoing District 3 Supervisor Evan Royce. He has pledged to retire from his teaching career if elected to fully dedicate himself to representing the district. Cancio said he would make improving the county’s roads his top priority after talking with many potential constituents who told him that is their No. 1 issue.

Laurie Sylwester

Age: 61

Place of residence: Tuolumne

Political party registration: Democrat

A former District 3 supervisor who served from 1999 to 2003 but decided not seek re-election at the time to return her focus on teaching. Sylwester teaches ceramics and art history at Columbia College, which she plans to step away from if elected for a second time. She says she served as a liaison between the county and Tuolumne Band of Me-Wuk Indians during her first term before the opening of Black Oak Casino in 2001 to mitigate impacts on the township of Tuolumne.

Aaron Rasmussen

Age: 34

Place of residence: Tuolumne

Political party registration: Republican

A U.S. Army veteran who served an 11-month deployment in the Iraq War in 2004 and 2005. Rasmussen has experience with nonprofit organizations as the commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4748, as well as state chaplain for the VFW. He plans on graduating from Columbia College this spring with an associate’s degree in natural resources

Sonora City Council (two seats):

Jim Garaventa (Incumbent)

Age: 56

Place of residence: City of Sonora

Political party registration: Democrat

The current mayor pro-tem is seeking his second consecutive four-year term on the council. If re-elected, he would be the next in line to serve as the mayor through July 2020. Garaventa recently served as the chairman of the city’s homeless task force. He cast the only vote opposed to a controversial ordinance that the council passed last year to ban camping on public and private property, which he said it essentially criminalizes homelessness.

Colette Such

Age: 64

Place of residence: City of Sonora

Political party registration: Democrat

Such spent 30 years as a health care professional at Tuolumne General Hospital, 25 of which was in management. She served for the past five years with the Columbia College Foundation and hopes to use her connections with the school to help train and develop the workforce for businesses in the city. Such also serves as the at-large member on the city’s homeless task force and says she wants to continue seeking solutions to homelessness.

Kurt Bryant

Age: 20

Place of residence: City of Sonora

Political party registration: No party preference

The youngest of all candidates whose name will appear on local ballots, Bryant said he’s been involved with volunteering to help seniors since he was in the fourth grade. He currently works as a kitchen assistant for Sierra Senior Providers Inc. and would like to see the city host more events to bring the community together, which he said he’s learned were more frequent in the past through his involvement with the Sonora Independent Order of Odd Fellows.

David Axelrod

Age: 70

Place of residence: City of Sonora

Political party registration: Democrat

An attorney who has practiced law in Sonora since 1990. This will be Axelrod’s fourth try for a seat on the council following unsuccessful bids in 1998 and 2012, as well as 2006 when he was unable to get enough signatures for the ballot. He has also campaigned for Tuolumne Utilities District Board of Directors in 2006, 2008, 2014, and 2016. Axelrod said he wants to see the city become the region’s mecca for music and art.

Treasurer-Tax Collector:

Michelle Ronning

Age: 39

Place of residence: Groveland

Political party registration: Republican

The current revenue recovery manager for the county who serves as second-in-command to outgoing Treasurer-Tax Collector Shelley Piech. She has helped Piech manage the office’s three departments since June 2013 and believes her experience will be valuable to the position if she’s elected.

Justin Birtwhistle

Age: 44

Place of residence: Sonora

Political party registration: Republican

Birtwhistle is a certified public accountant with 16 years of experience assisting taxpayers and auditing public agencies and nonprofit, which he believes will be useful if elected to oversee the office. Birtwhistle recently received the endorsement of Piech and former Treasurer-Tax Collector Del Hodges.

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