Tuesday, March 14, 2006 • Assessor first to become official candidate for June primary

Publisher’s note: This story originally appeared in the Tuesday, March 6, 2006, edition of the Lassen County Times.

District 5 Supervisor Jack Hanson was the last candidate to complete the filing process to run for reelection for the June 6 primary election.

Hanson completed his filing just hours before the 5 p.m. deadline on Friday, March 10.

However, candidates for county clerk have until 5 p.m. tomorrow, Wednesday, March 15, to file a declaration of candidacy, pay the filing fee and return nomination papers. The deadline was extended five days because County Clerk Theresa Nagel did not run for re-election after 36 years as a county employee.

So far, only Assistant Clerk/Recorder Julie Bustamante has completed the filing process to run for clerk/recorder.

Nagel won her first election in 1986 and has not been challenged since.

As it stands today, there will be races for only three county offices on the June 6 ballot, sheriff, superior court judge and District 5 supervisor.

Hanson will run against Philip Michael Burgarello. Susanville attorney Don Sokol, who completed his paperwork on Feb. 24, was the first official candidate for superior court judge. He will run against incumbent Ridgely Lazard. Sheriff Steve Warren will run against Deputy Sheriff Benny Wallace.

Assessor Ken Bunch was the first official candidate. He turned in 20 nomination signatures on Wednesday, Feb. 22 and paid the $731 filing fee to run for office.

Others who filed to run but face no opposition, and therefore will not appear on the ballot, include: Jon Cross also recently took out paperwork to file for the Lassen County Democratic Central Committee; District Attorney Bob Burns; Auditor Karen Fouch; Treasurer/Tax Collector Richard Egan; County Superintendent of Schools Bob Owens; and District 3 Supervisor Lloyd Keefer.

Other local offices on the primary ballot include the two city council members and the city treasurer.

Candidates include incumbent Treasurer Richard Stovall and incumbent Councilmembers Mary Fahlen and Rocky Joy.  Kurt Bonham, Stephen Kocher and Ronald L. Wood also filed to run for city council and a representative for Violet Stout took out papers on Friday, March 10. City Clerk Debra Magginetti said she was unable to certify Stout’s paperwork by close of business on Friday, March 10.

The city staff plans a candidate’s night at 6:15 p.m. Wednesday, March 15 before the regular city council meeting at 7 p.m.  Each department head will explain the functions of his or her department and candidates will have an opportunity to ask them questions.