Saturday, March 13, 2010

Candidates make the filing deadline


Candidates race to file for elected office in Humboldt County; contenders in races without incumbents have until Wednesday
District Attorney
Humboldt County's district attorney is responsible for being the county's top law enforcement official, for overseeing the prosecution of felonies and misdemeanors committed within the county and for overseeing the office's investigative unit.

In the race, four candidates have qualified to run for the office: incumbent Paul Gallegos and challengers Kathleen Bryson, Paul Hagen and Allison Jackson, all local attorneys.

4th District Humboldt County supervisor
Humboldt County's 4th District supervisor is responsible for representing parts of Fairhaven, Samoa and portions of Eureka on the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors.

Three candidates have qualified for the race: longtime incumbent Bonnie Neely and challengers Eureka Mayor Virginia Bass and Eureka City Councilman Jeff Leonard.

Humboldt County Clerk Recorder and Registrar of Voters
The Humboldt County clerk recorder and registrar of voters is responsible for overseeing the Recorder's Office, which is the official repository for all real estate documents in the county, maintaining records of births, deaths and marriages within the county and commissioning civil marriages. The registrar is also the top elections official in the county.

Incumbent Carolyn Crnich is the only candidate to qualify for the ballot, and will be running unopposed.

Humboldt County Coroner
The coroner is the county official chiefly responsible for investigating deaths -- particularly those happening under unusual circumstances -- to determine cause. The coroner is also responsible for retaining custody of remains until they are transferred over to the family of the deceased.

Incumbent Dave Parris is the only candidate to qualify for the ballot, and will be running unopposed.

Humboldt County Superintendent of Schools
The Humboldt County superintendent of schools is the senior administrator of the Humboldt County Office of Education, which oversees the delivery of services to 32 local school districts, provides direct instruction to some 2,000 students, offers training to educators, coordinates districtwide services and establishes and maintains county-wide programs.

Incumbent Garry Eagles is the only candidate to qualify for the ballot, and will be running unopposed.

Humboldt County Superior Court Judges
County Superior Court judges oversee civil, misdemeanor and felony cases.

Incumbent judges Christopher Wilson, Dept. 5, and Bruce Watson, Dept. 1, were the only candidates to qualify for the ballot, and will be running unopposed.

Candidates for Humboldt County sheriff, 5th District Humboldt County supervisor, Humboldt County assessor and Humboldt County auditor/controller have until Wednesday to qualify, as incumbents in those positions did not file for re-election by Friday's deadline.

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