9/3/19 --Katrina Bartolomie, the Mendocino County assessor-clerk-recorder, sent out a notice today of the filing deadlines to run for office in the 2020 primary elections, which is being held Tuesday, March 3, 2020. Up for grabs this time are the supervisorial seats for District 1 (Redwood Valley, Calpella, Potter Valley, Talmage), District 2 (roughly Ukiah), and District 4 (the coast from north of Mendocino, including Fort Bragg, up to Leggett), and three Mendocino Superior Court seats.
California has its primary substantially earlier in the calendar, in anticipation of the hotly contested 2020 presidential primary. Our state has historically had a relatively late primary, meaning that though we have the most votes (and in terms of the Republican and Democratic presidential primaries the most convention delegates), the primaries had often already been decided by the time we get around to voting.
This national level decision has rippled down, and means though the leaves are still green, and children have barely returned back to school, it's already time for people who want to run for office to start to get those ducks in various rows -- to stand for election in Nov. of 2020, 14 months from now.
Candidates trying to avoid the hefty filing fee, which is 1% of the office's yearly salary, or $855.50 in the case of the supervisors, may instead collect signatures. They have from Sept. 12 through Nov. 6 to submit those signatures.
Candidates simply paying the fee may formally file beginning Nov. 11 and do so until Dec. 6. Those people running for a judgeship have from Oct. 28 through Nov. 6 to file. People looking for more info can call the Elections Office at (707) 234-6819, visit the website here, or visit in person at the county offices on Low Gap Rd.
You can read a bit more about who is running (and who is not yet running) in an article we did a few weeks ago. We double checked today, an no additional people have filed an intent to run as of time of publication, meaning this old article contains the complete list. This article includes links to the various candidate pages:
Here is the full notice from the Mendocino County Elections Office:
2020 PRIMARY ELECTION MARCH 3, 2020
Katrina Bartolomie, Mendocino County Assessor-County Clerk-Recorder, Registrar of Voters would like to remind all Mendocino County voters of the Candidate Filing Dates for the March 3, Primary Election. This new primary election date changes the candidate filing dates we are used to during the Primary process.
Important dates to remember for the March 2020 Primary Election:
SIGNATURES IN LIEU OF FILING FEES – September 12 through November 6, 2019;
JUDICIAL NOTICE OF INTENT – October 28 through November 6, 2019 (Superior Court seats only);
CANDIDATE FILING – November 11 through December 6, 2019
Local seats up for election in March 2020 are: 1st District Supervisor; 2nd District Supervisor; 4th District Supervisor and 3 Superior Court seats. If you are considering running for a local office, please don’t wait until the last minute, we urge you to begin this process as soon as legally possible. A candidate information packet has been posted to our website at: www.mendocinocounty.org/government/assessor-county-clerk-recorder-elections/elections/election-candidate-information.
For additional information, please contact the County Clerk / Election office at (707) 234-6819. Our office is located at 501 Low Gap Road, Room 1020 in UkiahMendocino County Elections Office