Several political hopefuls have already taken out Petitions in Lieu of Filing Fees – the first step in running for public office this coming June.
Two business days into the initial filing period, seven incumbents and two challengers have thrown their hats into the ring for nine of the 16 available seats coming up for election on June 3.
The filing period for prospective candidates opened Friday, Dec. 27 and as of mid-day Monday, Sheriff Bill Lutze, Public Administrator Patricia Barton, Treasurer-Tax Collector Alisha McMurtrie and Clerk-Recorder Kammi Foote had all taken out petitions to run for re-election.
Fellow incumbents Auditor-Controller Amy Shephard and District Attorney Tom Hardy also took out Petitions in Lieu Filing Fees, but they will be seeking their first election to their posts after being appointed to fill out the unexpired term of their respective predecessors, Leslie Chapman and Art Maillet.
Third District Supervisor Rick Pucci has taken out his papers as well. The former longtime manager of the City of Bishop, Pucci was first elected to the Board of Supervisors in June 2010, taking office the following January.
Also up for re-election is the seat of First District Supervisor – a position held by Linda Arcularius since 1993.
Newcomer David Tanksley, a general contractor, has stepped forward to run for the seat.
Arcularius has said she would not seek another term, a statement she reaffirmed Monday afternoon.
Similarly, longtime Inyo County Assessor Tom Lanshaw said Monday that “as of today,” he has no plans to run for re-election. This could clear the way for a one-man race for David Stottlemyre, a CPA from Bishop who is also one year into a new four-year term on the Bishop City Council.
Stottlemyre, who has taken out papers for the assessor position, was first elected to the City Council in 2009 and re-elected in November 2012 during the first consolidated city and county election. His current term on the council expires Nov. 20, 2016.
Two of his City Council colleagues, Keith Glidewell and James Ellis, are also up for election, but not until November. Glidewell ran an unsuccessful campaign for City Council during the November 2012 election but was appointed to serve out Councilman Jeff Griffiths’ unexpired term when Griffiths left the council to take the position of Inyo County Second District Supervisor.
Ellis was elected in March 2011.
As for Lanshaw, he has served as Inyo County’s elected Assessor since 1999, and in the Assessor’s Office since 1976. While he said his current plans do not include running for re-election, “things could change.”
The current filing period runs through Feb. 20 and is only the first step in securing a spot on the June 3 ballot. Residents do not become official candidates – and become eligible for placement on the ballot – until they file Declarations of Candidacy and circulate Nomination Papers, a process that follows the filing period and runs Feb. 11 to March 7.
If any incumbent fails to file for re-election by March 7, the nomination period for that office will be extended to March 12.
Other offices up for election in June include Inyo County Superior Court Judge, Superintendent of Schools, Coroner and four seats on the county Board of Education.
A candidate’s guide can be downloaded at http://www.inyocounty.us/Recorder/Documents/GD06-14.pdf .
For more information, call the Clerk-Recorder’s Office at (760) 878-0224.