MENDOCINO Co., 8/25/20 — The extended filing deadlines for new candidates closed on August 12, and so the final list of candidates running for office in Mendocino County is now available. Sample ballots will begin to be mailed out on September 24, and absentee ballots will be mailed out on October 5.
A number of elections were either determined in the primaries in March, such as the District 4 supervisor race, or had only current incumbents file, such as the Fort Bragg City Council, or did not have enough candidates for a competitive election, as in many special districts — and so elections will not be held for those seats in November. For the other races, however, here is the current list of major races, and the complete list of all candidates and seats that were open for an election can be found here.
You can check the status of your voter registration, or register to vote, at this link. Ballots can be dropped off at polling places, or be sent in the mail, and Mendocino County’s will also have 22 polling locations on November 3. Our coverage from the primary elections can be found here, including interviews with the supervisors candidates. Due to a new statewide law, all registered voters will be mailed a ballot — you can read more about voting by mail in California’s 2020 election from CalMatters. The list of relevant dates for the November election is included below.
In particular, many special districts, which operate essential services such as fire departments, water, and other community services, did not have enough candidates to have an election, as such the candidates that filed will be appointed to the position.
Measures on the ballot can be found here, including Measure I, a school bond in Willits Unified School District, and Measure K, a proposed sales tax increase in the City of Willits (read more background in our previous article here).
- Representative, Congress: Jared Huffman (incumbent), Dale K. Mensing
- California Assembly, 2nd District: Jim Wood (incumbent), Charlotte Svolos
- District 1 Supervisor: Glenn McGourty, Jon Kennedy
- District 2 Supervisor: Maureen “Mo” Mulheren, Mari Rodin
- District 4 Supervisor: Dan Gjerde (primary)
- Fort Bragg City Council: Will Lee, Bernie Norvell (appointed)
- Ukiah City Council: Steve Scalamini (incumbent), Douglas Crane (incumbent), Jenny Kimbler, Brian Erickson, Cameron Ramos, Josephina Duenas, Ed Donovan
- Willits City Council: Gerardo Gonzalez (incumbent), Madge Strong (incumbent), Saprina Rodriguez (incumbent)
- Point Arena City Council (extended): Scott Ignacio (incumbent), Olivia Ford
List of special districts that will go to election is below. In the remaining districts where seats were open but not enough candidates filed, the candidates will be appointed (see the complete county list here.)
Special districts to have elections on November 3: Anderson Valley Community Services, Mendocino City Community Services (long term and short term), Hopland Fire Protection (long term), Redwood Valley/Calpella Fire Protection (long term), Ukiah Valley Fire Protection (short term), Potter Valley Irrigation (long term), Ukiah Valley Sanitation, Point Arena schools (long term), Fort Bragg Unified School (long term), Potter Valley Unified (long term), Round Valley Unified (long term), Ukiah Unified Schools (short term), Willits Unified Schools (long term), Southern Humboldt Joint Unified Schools (long term)
Election dates from the Mendocino County’s election office:Election-Due-Dates1