Stanislaus County, state, other races set for June 3

kcarlson@modbee.comJanuary 10, 2014 

Local voters will cast their ballots in state and county primary elections set for June 3.

Stanislaus County government has nine elective offices on the ballot, including the supervisorial seats for Districts 3 and 4; assessor; auditor-controller; clerk-recorder; district attorney; sheriff-coroner; superintendent of schools; and treasurer-tax collector. In contests with three or more candidates, the top two vote-getters in June proceed to the November election unless one receives more than 50 percent of votes cast.

Primaries are scheduled for state Senate and Assembly districts, governor, attorney general and other statewide offices. In addition, there are nine Superior Court judges on the ballot in Stanislaus County.

Some candidates have declared their intent to run or have taken out petitions to gather signatures in lieu of paying filing fees. The nomination period for candidates to enter a race runs from Feb. 10 to March 7.

In county government races, Supervisor Dick Monteith is facing a challenge from Modesto Councilman Dave Lopez in District 4. Monteith is running for a third four-year term in the district, which takes in a large portion of Modesto, between Tully Road and Roselle Avenue and stretching from the airport area in the south to Del Rio in the north.

Supervisor Terry Withrow is unopposed in District 3, which includes the western part of Modesto, Salida and territory to the west. Withrow was elected in 2010.

In other elections, criminal defense attorney Frank Carson plans to run against District Attorney Birgit Fladager.

The contest for sheriff-coroner became a two-way race when Tori Hughes announced Wednesday she no longer is running because of unspecified health issues. Sheriff Adam Christianson and Deputy Tom Letras are the remaining candidates.

Other county incumbents have pulled petition papers: Auditor-Controller Lauren Klein, Clerk-Recorder Lee Lundrigan, Superintendent of Schools Tom Changnon and Treasurer-Tax Collector Gordon Ford.

Interim Assessor Don Gaekle is gathering signatures. Supervisors appointed Gaekle to the temporary post in October after former Assessor Dave Cogdill Sr. resigned to become chief executive officer of the California Building Industry Association.

Candidates often collect signatures from registered voters to avoid or reduce the cost of filing fees. The candidate fees range from $748 for county supervisor to $1,907 for superintendent of schools.

State Assembly members Kristin Olsen, R-Riverbank, and Adam Gray, D-Merced, are up for re-election in the 12th and 21st districts, respectively. According to the county election office, Democrat Harinder Grewal took out petition papers Jan. 2 and filed a statement of intent to run in Olsen’s 12th District. Grewal is a county agricultural inspector and Turlock Unified School District trustee.

Also on the ballot are state Sens. Tom Berryhill, R-Twain Harte, who represents the 14th Senate District, and Anthony Cannella, R-Ceres, of the 12th District.

Bee staff writer Ken Carlson can be reached at kcarlson@modbee.com or (209) 578-2321.

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