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Candidates: Preparing for elections

Anyone considering running for a local office on Kingsburg or Selma’s city council, school boards or hospital districts may attend an information meeting July 17 at the Fresno County Elections Training Room, 4525 E. Hamilton Ave., Fresno.

There are less than 120 days left before the State General Election on Nov. 6. Anyone considering running for any of the open seats for the local elected offices need to consider these deadlines.

  • Candidates may declare their intent to run for office between July 16 through Aug. 10.
  • The deadline for statewide candidate statements is July 18.
  • The deadline for ballot designation changes is July 31.
  • The deadline for county, senate and assembly candidate statements is Aug. 10.
  • If an incumbent does not file, the candidacy extension period is Aug. 11-15.
  • A certified list of candidates will be filed on Aug. 30.
  • The statement of write-in candidacy period is Sept. 10-Oct. 23.

Brandi L. Orth, Fresno County’s Clerk/Registrar of Voters, said the office’s goal is to ensure the election is fair and accurate. To that end, the office is offering a seminar for all potential candidates.

The Ready, Set, Run! session is 5:30-7 p.m. July 17 at the Fresno County Elections Training Room, 4525 E. Hamilton Ave., Fresno.

Topics that will be covered at this session include important dates, the candidate filing process, ballot designation rules, candidate statements, campaign finance reporting, ethical considerations and how to request voter data.

Participants should register in advance by contacting Victoria Najera at vnajera@co.fresno.ca.us or by calling 600-3020. Potential candidates may also contact Rachel Lopez at ralopez@co.fresno.ca.us, or at 600-3023.

While the clerk’s office staff is available to assist candidates in the filing process, Orth said its office cannot offer legal advice.

An online guide is also available at http://www.co.fresno.ca.us/home/showdocument?id=26094. In it, Orth said the guide provides general information but should not be considered legal advice.

“Candidates and others using this handbook must bear full responsibility to make their own determination as to all local standards and duties,” Orth said.

For more election information such as current election activities, voter registration, voting options and election data, voter outreach, disclosure reports, precinct officer information and other resources, log on to fresnovote.com.

Local seats that are up for election this November include:

Selma

Selma City Council: At-large seats currently held by Mike Derr and Yvette Montijo.

Selma Unified School District: Districts 3, 4 and 5 currently held by Andy Montijo, Jennifer Winter and Sara Rodriguez.

Selma Health Care District: Three at-large seats currently held by Stan Louie, Leticia Gallardo and Linda Esquivel.

Kingsburg

Kingsburg City Council: Elections are now by district. Districts 1, 4 and 5 are up for election. Bruce Blayney and Staci Smith both reside in District 1. District 4’s representative is Michelle Roman. District 5 is the newly formed area and there is no incumbent. More information is available at http://www.cityofkingsburg-ca.gov/153/Election-Information.

Kingsburg Joint Union High School District: Districts 2, 3 and 5 currently held by Brent Lunde, Mike Serpa and Steve Nagle.

Kingsburg Elementary Charter School District: Districts 1, 3 and 5 currently held by Russell Osato, Ed Ezaki and Karyll Smith.

Kingsburg Tri-County Health Care District: Three at-large seats currently held by Arlie Rogers, Judy Bibb and Glenn Snyder.

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