South County voters will decide the outcomes of several key races during the Nov. 6 General Election, Shasta County Clerk Cathy Darling Allen announced Thursday, Aug. 16.
The contested races include filling three open seats on the Anderson City Council, a Division 4 seat on the Anderson-Cottonwood Irrigation District’s board of directors, two open seats on the Cottonwood Fire Protection District governing board, two open seats on the Shasta County Board of Education, two trustee openings on the Anderson Union High School District’s board and the fate of Measure C, a $12.4 million bond measure sought by the high school district to refurbish its 31-year-old campus at West Valley High School.
However, a baker’s dozen 13 potential contests were settled early when only enough candidates for the available seats qualified for the election. Those uncontested races will not appear on the ballot and candidates can be appointed to fill the positions in lieu of an election, Clerk Allen explained.
For example, ACID’s Division 2 and Division 3 seats will be refilled respectively by incumbents Audie Ray Butcher of Anderson and Jason Duane Munson of Cottonwood, who will be appointed to new four-year terms in lieu of election since no qualified challengers filed by the Aug. 10 deadline, Allen said.
On the Anderson City Council, two incumbents – businessman James Yarbrough and seniors activity director Melissa Hunt – are each seeking re-election to a second four-year term.
However, the previously-announced retirement of long-time council member Norma Comnick has attracted three fresh faces to the race, Clerk Allen noted.
These challengers include business owner Susie Baugh, Shasta County employee Christine Haggard and electrician Sandy Konkol.
Therefore, the top three vote-getters in November from among those five candidates will fill the three open seats, Allen explained Wednesday, Aug. 15, via e-mail.
The Division 4 director’s seat on the ACID board drew two challengers – businessman Kayle Spoon and retired pastor/rancher Ron Leedy, both of Cottonwood – when incumbent Shawn M. Kreps did not file for re-election, she said.
In cases where an incumbent does not file for re-election by 5 p.m. on the designated Friday, the filing deadline is extended to the close of business on the following Wednesday, Allen said.
The Anderson Union High School District race for two four-year seats on the governing board pits incumbent Richard G. Urban of Redding, a retired civil engineer with state and Shasta County service, and four challengers including retired West Valley High principal Karl W. Stemmler, Jr., of Cottonwood and three Anderson residents: substitute teacher Andrea (Craig) Haden, pastor and educator Rich Titus and retired Shasta County Deputy Marshal William “Butch” Schaefer, according to a list of qualified candidates posted Wednesday on the Shasta County Clerk’s Web site.
In that race, the two candidates with the highest vote totals will be elected to the high school district’s board of trustees, Allen said.
For extra measure, the Anderson Union High School District will also have on the November ballot a school bond issue, Measure C. It reads:
“To improve the quality of education at Anderson and West Valley High Schools, repair leaky roofs; upgrade heating, ventilation, electrical, plumbing and sewer systems; construct vocational education facilities; install energy-efficient utility systems; improve safety with new fire alarms; improve technology and modernize restrooms, shall Anderson Union High School District acquire, construct, repair schools, sites, facilities and equipment by issuing $12,300,000 of bonds at legal rates with independent citizens’ oversight, NO money for administrators or be taken by the State?”
Measure C requires a simple vote: Bonds - Yes or Bonds - No. However, in order to pass, California law since Proposition 39 was passed by voters in November 2000 requires a supermajority of at least 55 percent of all votes cast to be in favor of the bond measure.
Other contested races in which South County residents can weigh in with their choices include:
Cottonwood Fire Protection District – Three Cottonwood residents – incumbent and business owner Timothy John Jackson, Registered Nurse Rhonda Tinney and Danie'l Pruitt, a Certified Nurses Assistant – face off for two two-year terms on the local fire board. Previous incumbent Helen B. Wooten did not file for re-election.
Shasta County Board of Education, Area 2 – A three-way race is also in place for two four-year terms on the county’s board of education with incumbents Linda Bradford and William H. Stegall, a retired pastor, both of Redding, facing a challenge from Anderson resident Sharon Hunter, a Certified Public Accountant who operates her own business.
The much longer list of uncontested special district and school board races that will be settled with appointments in lieu of an election includes:
Anderson Fire Protection District – Anderson residents Paul Bosetti, a retired businessman, and Jeff P. Hogue, currently employed by a private security company, were each returned to their respective seats for another four-year term, Allen said.
Anderson-Cottonwood Irrigation District (ACID) Director, Division No. 2 – Anderson rancher and appointed incumbent Audie Ray Butcher will be appointed to another four-year term.
ACID, Division 3 – incumbent Jason D. Munson of Cottonwood will be appointed to a two-year term.
Cascade Union School District – elected incumbent James P. Carroll of Redding and appointed incumbent Terri Jean Quigley of Anderson, a retired employee of the school district, each will be appointed to a four-year term.
Clear Creek Community Services District – Three incumbents – businessman and flight instructor Irwin Fust, Cottonwood Fire Chief Calvin Ciapponi and businessman Doug R. Evans, all of Happy Valley, will each be appointed to a four-year term.
Cottonwood Fire Protection District – Cottonwood residents Carrolyn Barlow, an incumbent, and firefighter/emergency responder Dave Merk will each be appointed to a four-year terms since incumbent Louis Henry Finch did not file.
Cottonwood Union Elementary School District – incumbent Tom Vazquez, an educator and Happy Valley’s Fire Chief, along with small business owner Matthew D. Iles will each be appointed to a four-year term since incumbent Steve McCarley did not file.
Cottonwood Water District – three Cottonwood residents Ramel Leach, Ron W. Spurgeon and Lewis Presley, all incumbents, will each return for another four years on the water district’s board of directors.
Cottonwood Water District – incumbent Nicholas Shidlovsky of Cottonwood will be appointed a two-year term on the water district’s board.
Happy Valley Fire Protection District – incumbents Larry Clark and John McDonald, both of Anderson, will each be appointed to a four-year term.
Happy Valley Union School District – Dale Marlar, a Shasta County Sheriff’s Correctional Sgt., was the only qualified candidate to sign up for two vacant four-year terms when incumbents Les Jon James and Marveen Sara Simpson did not file for re-election. The board will need to find another person to appoint to the remaining vacant seat.
Pacheco Union School District – Appointed to four-year terms on the school district board of trustees were incumbents Patrick Richards, City of Redding employee Christian M. Carmona, and agriculture teacher George H. Wold II, all of Redding. Wold, however, traded his two-year termed board seat with substitute teacher Larry Solberg of Anderson, who previously held a seat destined for a four-year term.
Pacheco Union School District – incumbent Solberg will be appointed to a two-year term after relinquishing his four-year seat to fellow incumbent Wold.