Local elections season has begun

The March 5, 2024, local election season is upon us.

Election information is available on the Lassen County Clerk’s Facebook page.

This, of course, is the Presidential Primary Election for the state of California, formerly held in June.

Local races for seats on the Susanville City Council and the Lassen County Board of Supervisors may be of special interest. Several local individuals have expressed an interest in seeking elected office, and according to rumor control, several others are also considering tossing their hats into the ring.

Lassen County Board of Supervisors
Three seats on the Lassen County Board of Supervisors — Chris Gallagher’s, District 1 seat; Gary Bridges’, District 2 seat; and Aaron Albaugh’s, District 4 seat — are up for election to 4-year terms this March. Gallagher told Lassen News he will not seek re-election.

Lassen County District 1 Supervisor Chris Gallagher told Lassen News he will not seek re-relection this March. Photo by Sam Williams

Susanville City Council
Three seats on the Susanville City Council — Thomas Herrera, Quincy McCourt and Kevin Stafford — are up for election to four-year terms.

According to a staff report for the Tuesday, Oct. 4. Susanville City Council meeting, “The City has a general municipal election scheduled for Tuesday, March 5, 2024, in which three councilmembers will be elected to a four-year term of office ending June 2028. The process requires a resolution to call the election, a resolution to request consolidation of the election with Lassen County and a resolution adopting regulations for candidate statements on the ballot. The filing period for nomination papers and candidate statements for candidates is Nov. 13, 2023, through Dec. 8, 2023. In the event one of the incumbents chooses to not run for office, the Elections Code provides for a five- day extension of the nomination period extending the date through Dec. 13, 2023.”

Important deadlines 2024 California Presidential Primary
The last day to register to vote for the March 5, 2024, Presidential Primary Election is Feb. 20, 2024.

All California active registered voters will receive a vote-by-mail ballot for the March 5, 2024, Presidential Primary Election.

The Lassen County Elections Office will begin mailing ballots by Feb. 5, 2024.

Vote-by-mail ballots must be postmarked on or before Election Day and received by March 12, 2024.

Voter-Nominated Office: Signatures-In-Lieu of Filing Fee Period
Local candidates may collect signatures in lieu of paying a filing fee. That period runs from Sept.14 through Nov. 8. For more information, visit the Lassen County Clerk’s Office.

Declaration of Candidacy and Nomination Paper Period
The Declaration of Candidacy and Nomination Period runs Nov. 13 through Dec. 8.

Declaration of Candidacy and Nomination Paper Extension Period if Incumbent does not file
If an incumbent does not file to run for re-election, the nomination period is extended — Dec. 9 through Dec. 13.