Election season is underway in San Anselmo and Fairfax for nearly a dozen local positions on the ballot in November. And the deadline for candidates is drawing close.
Today, Aug. 12, is the deadline for candidates to take out papers and file declarations of candidacy and statements of qualifications. However, there is a five-day extension until Aug. 17 if incumbents do not file their papers by today.
As a number of incumbents have already declared their intent not to run publicly, it is expected the deadline will be extended for the Fairfax Town Council, San Anselmo Town Council, and races.
So far, few people have stepped forward to run in those elections.
In the Ross Valley School District Board of Trustees race, both and have announced that they will be retiring from their positions on the board. Of the incumbents on the board, only Annelise Bauer has filed to run. Only one other challenger has filed for the three vacant seats.
Sagar and Hickey have both urged other candidates to come forward for the open spots – pointing out that the school district board has not had a contested election in a number of years. If there are not enough candidates for the open spots, an application process will be held and Marin County Superintendent Mary Jane Burke will appoint trustees to fill the vacancies.
The Marin County Registrar of Voters plans to release a list of official candidates at 5:30 p.m. Aug. 17 for the Nov. 8 election.
As of today, here are the people who have filed to participate in the local San Anselmo and Fairfax elections. Where the deadline is expected to be extended until Aug. 17 it has been noted.
Marin County Board of Education, Area 4 (covering Ross and Ross Valley): Incumbent Robert Goldman has filed his declaration of candidacy. No challengers have filed.
Tamalpais Union High School District: Incumbents Bob Walter and Cindy Jo McCauley have filed their declarations of candidacy for the two expiring seats. No challengers have filed.
Ross Valley School District: Incumbents Sharon Sagar, Conn Hickey and Annelise Bauer’s terms are all expiring. Sagar and Hickey have both announced their intent not to run. Bauer has filed a declaration of candidacy. Challenger Elizabeth Peacock has also filed her declaration of candidacy. The deadline for additional candidates is expected to be extended to Aug. 17.
Fairfax Town Council: Incumbents Larry Bragman and Lew Tremaine both have expiring terms. Tremaine has announced he will retire for the council after a number of years. Bragman has filed a declaration of candidacy. No other challengers have stepped forward. The deadline for additional candidates to file is expected to be extended to Aug. 17
Fairfax Town Clerk: Incumbent Judy Anderson has filed her declaration of candidacy. No other challengers have filed.
Fairfax Town Treasurer: Incumbent Barbara Petty has filed her declaration of candidacy. No other challengers have filed.
San Anselmo Town Council: Incumbents Barbara Thornton and Ford Greene have expiring terms. Thornton has announced her intent to step down from the council. Ford Greene has filed a declaration of candidacy. Lori J. Lopin has filed a candidate statement. The deadline is expected to be extended to Aug. 17.
San Anselmo Town Clerk: Incumbent Barbara Chambers has filed her declaration of candidacy. No other challengers have filed.
San Anselmo Treasurer: Incumbent Bess Niemcewicz has filed her declaration of candidacy. No other challengers have filed.
Sleepy Hollow Fire Protection District: Both incumbents Thomas Finn and Frank Berto have filed their declarations of candidacy. No other challengers have filed.