Important deadlines are coming up soon for candidates seeking to run for local offices and for the proponents of various ballot measures to qualify their proposals for the March 2020 presidential primary election.

Today, Nov. 6, is the final day that candidates for three seats up for election on the Trinity County Board of Supervisors may file signature petitions in lieu of filing fees. They also have from Nov. 12 to Dec. 6 to file nomination papers and pay the fees.

As of this Monday, Nov. 4, 10 potential candidates (including two incumbents) had taken out the Petition In Lieu paperwork from the county elections office to circulate for signatures. For District 2 supervisor, they are Melanie Miller, Thomas Fox, Jill Cox and incumbent Judy Morris.

For District 3 supervisor, incumbent Barbara (Bobbi) Chadwick, David “Matthew” Johansing and Liam Gogan took out In Lieu petitions. For District 5 supervisor, incumbent John Fenley has not taken out paperwork, but three others have: Jeffrey Dickey, Diane Richards and Michael Frasier.

The Trinity County Superior Court Judge seat currently held by Eric Heryford is also up for election in March for a six-year term. Judge candidates have until the end of today, Nov. 6, to file a declaration of intent to run.

Regarding competing cannabis tax proposals and other measures targeting the March ballot, none had been submitted to the Elections Office as of Monday. Proponents must file a minimum number of signatures on their petitions or the Board of Supervisors may approve a resolution for a ballot measure. The Elections Office must take the certification of signatures to the Board of Supervisors no later than Nov. 19 for a measure to get on the March ballot.

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