MENDOCINO Co., 3/19/18 -- The list is out for the 2018 primary ballot and here's who's running for what in Mendocino County. The primary will be held statewide on June 5. All the local races are non-partisan, meaning that candidates do not have to declare party affiliation, and in California we have an open primary, so two people with the most votes in the primary will move on to the general, even if they are of the same party.
As is often the case in small counties, Sheriff Thomas Allman and District Attorney David Eyster are both running unopposed for re-election.
Lloyd B. Weer the current auditor-controller and Shari Schapmire, the incumbent treasurer-tax collector are also running without opposition, as is Representative Jared Huffman.
Interestingly the race for assessor-clerk-recorder (the office that does the vote counting and registers property) is a competitive one with three people from within the department vying for the seat: the assistant assessor-clerk-recorder Katrina Bartolomie of Ukiah, and two property appraisers Jeanette Kroppmann of Willits and Dirk Larson of Ukiah
In the race for county superintendent the appointed incumbent is not running, with Bryan Barrett and Michelle Hutchins vying for the seat.
But the most hotly contested and talked about races this year will be the county supervisor races. Much as with the Senate, the supervisorial races are staggered such that there are always some old supervisors on the board. This year District 3 and District 5 are up for election, both are wide open with no incumbent running. In District 5, after a career in Mendocino politics that began in the early 80s, the incumbent, Dan Hamburg, is retiring. The District 3 seat is currently held by Georgeanne Croskey, who was appointed to the position by Governor Brown, after the elected supervisor, Tom Woodhouse quit, due to mental health problems. She will not be seeking election either. The seats occupied by Carre Brown, John McCowen, and Dan Gjerde are not up for election; those districts will have their elections in 2020.
The list from the county registrar's office includes self declared profession or occupation, which we have added to slightly where we have information.
The Mendocino Voice is planning to interview the candidates for supervisor; we've linked to the interviews we've conducted so far. If you want to be interviewed, please contact us at [email protected]
You can follow our full coverage of the 2018 elections here.
Candidates for District 3 Supervisor
The Third District has an exceedingly full slate, with eight candidates, who represent the different corners of this vast district, and is made of of half men half women.
Susy Barsotti of Laytonville - Business person and festival producer
Pamela Elizondo of Laytonville - Environmental healing consultant
John Haschak of Willits - Public school teacher, president of the local teachers union and chair of the statewide budget committee for the California Teachers Association (the statewide union).
Michael Horger of Willits - Retired
Shawna Jeavons of Willits - Educator
Cyndee Logan of Willits - Housing director
John Pinches of the Island Mountain area - Former supervisor and rancher
Tony Tucker of Covelo - Emergency childcare worker, and current member of the Round Valley School Board
Candidates for District 5 Supervisor
District Five extends from the town of Mendocino, across the whole southern portion of the county, to the Sonoma and Lake county lines. There are five men running, some from inland and some the coast.
Arthur Juhl of Gualala - Real estate broker
David Roderick lists a PO Box in Hopland for location - Farmer and business owner
Alan Rodier of the Ukiah area - Farmer and attorney
Chris Skyhawk of Albion - Youth and family counselor
Ted Williams of Mendocino - Fire chief of Albion Fire District and programmer
Carly Dolan of Ukiah who was appointed to the position, is currently running for superior court judge "Room 4" and Clay Brennan is running unopposed for "Room 6."
CALIFORNIA STATE SENATE (four year term)
Mike McGuire of Healdsburg, Democrat - Incumbent state senator
Veronica "Roni" Jacobi of Santa Rosa, Democrat - Business owner and engineer
CALIFORNIA STATE ASSEMBLY, 2nd District (2 year term)
Jim Wood of Sonoma, Democrat - Incumbent assemblyman and dentist
Matt Heath of Santa Rosa, Republican - Businessman
Measure C - Mendocino Coast Health Care District
"To continue essential healthcare at our local hospital by attracting and retaining high quality doctors/nurses, maintaining local emergency room, obstetric, surgical, ambulance and related 911 services, and making critical repairs and upgrades to medical equipment/facilities, shall Mendocino Coast Health Care District levy an annual special tax of $144 per parcel for 12 years, raising approximately $1,700,000 annually, with independent taxpayer oversight, no funds for administrators' salaries/pensions, and all funds dedicated to local healthcare facilities and services?" Shall the Measure Be Adopted: YES or NO
Measure D - Fort Bragg Rural Fire Protection District
"Shall the Fort Bragg Rural Fire Protection District, by Ordinance, (1) Repeal the existing special tax of $18.75 per unit, (2) Replacing it with a special tax not to exceed $25.00 per unit, this special tax shall be used to maintain and improve fire protection, suppression activities, prevention and to acquire and maintain equipment or apparatus and to increase our medical and rescue services?" YES or NO
Measure E - Coast Life Support District
"Shall the measure renewing for four years the Coast Life Support District's previously adopted appropriations limit to allow the use of all proceeds of taxes for ambulance and urgent care services be adopted?" YES or NO
Measure F - Southern Humboldt Health Care District
"Shall the Southern Humboldt Community Healthcare District renew its current $125/year parcel tax for ten years without any rate increase or added cost to residents, providing approximately $1.5 million annually to benefit the local community by maintaining access to emergency medical care, support hospital and medical
services, and attract and retain qualified doctors, nurses, technicians and other healthcare professionals, with annual independent audits to assure proper use of funds?" YES or NO
Measure G - County of Mendocino transient occupancy tax
"Shall Mendocino County Code Chapter 5.20 be amended to authorize collection of a Transient Occupancy Tax on short-term visitor accommodations of 30 days or less in private campgrounds and recreational vehicle parks, estimated to raise $1,000,000 annually?"
A.F. Baumann, [email protected]