Two candidates filed Declarations of Intent by last week’s Feb. 10 deadline to run for a six-year term as Trinity County Superior Court Judge in the June 7 presidential primary election.
The appointed incumbent, Michael Harper, will face attorney James Underwood for the term beginning in January 2017. Both are from Weaverville.
Harper was appointed by Gov. Jerry Brown in 2014 to complete the unexpired term of the late Judge James Woodward who retired from office early. Underwood has a private legal practice in Weaverville.
The judge’s filing period for nomination papers and declaration of candidacy runs through March 11, but the deadline to file a Declaration of Intent to run was last Wednesday, Feb. 10.
The filing deadlines are slightly different for three seats on the Trinity County Board of Supervisors and six prospective candidates, including two of the incumbents, have taken out in lieu petitions to circulate for signatures.
In District 2 (Weaverville) they are the incumbent Judy Morris and Tom Fox; in District 3 (Douglas City/Hayfork) they are Rob Oakley and Lloyal Walker, both of Hayfork, and incumbent Karl Fisher hasn’t announced his intentions yet; in District 5 (Hayfork/Southern Trinity) they are incumbent John Fenley from the Friend Mountain area outside of Hayfork and Diane Richards of Hayfork.
The filing period for supervisor candidates to submit petitions in lieu of filing fees runs through Feb. 25 followed by a filing period to make up deficient signatures with cash, signatures or a combination by March 11.
The filing period for nomination papers and declarations of candidacy for supervisor is from Feb. 16 through March 11 except if an incumbent doesn’t file. In that case, the filing period is extended to March 16.
Each supervisor’s race is for a four-year term beginning in January 2017.
Should additional candidates enter the races and any candidate fail to get 50 percent plus one vote, a runoff will be held during the November general election set for Nov. 8.
At least one statewide ballot measure has qualified for the June ballot, while two have qualified for the November ballot.
Registration deadline to vote in June is May 23.