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Candidates can formally declare for office starting Tuesday

Candidates will start formally declaring their candidacy for political office beginning Tuesday, the first day they can file the necessary paperwork with elections officials.

The declaration of candidacy period runs from Tuesday through March 11. The deadline is extended until March 16 if an incumbent doesn’t run for re-election in his or her respective race.

Candidates can pick up and file their paperwork at the Nevada County elections office, on the second floor of the Eric Rood Administrative Center, 950 Maidu Ave.; or Truckee Town Hall, 10183 Truckee Airport Road, Truckee. They must pay their filing fee at the same time.



Candidates through Feb. 25 can collect signatures in lieu of the filing fee. Each signature is worth a certain amount of money, depending on the office, and can reduce filing fees.

Office seekers also can submit a statement of qualifications, a short biography/resume, at the elections office. It costs money to submit the statement, though the paperwork is optional, said Sandra Sjoberg, assistant county clerk-recorder/registrar of voters.




Any submitted statements of qualifications will be included in the elections office’s voter information packet, as will arguments in support and opposition to three ballot measures slated for the June 7 primary election.

Nevada County voters will fill a handful of local offices in June.

Three seats are up for grabs on the Board of Supervisors — Districts 1, 2 and 5. Supervisor Nate Beason, District 1, has said he won’t seek re-election. Supervisors Ed Scofield and Richard Anderson are the incumbents for Districts 2 and 5, respectively.

Superior Court Judge Candace S. Heidelberger is the only candidate to have declared her intention to run for office, a formal statement only judicial candidates must make. Only a write-in candidate can challenge her.

Three Nevada City Council seats are open. They’re currently held by Terri Anderson, Jennifer Ray and Robert Bergman. The city clerk’s position, held by Niel Locke, also is up for election.

Both the local Democratic and Republican committees have several seats on the ballot.

Nevada County also will vote on nominees for several state and federal offices, including the president, a U.S. senator and representatives. State Assembly and Senate seats also are up for election.

To contact Staff Writer Alan Riquelmy, email ariquelmy@theunion.com or call 530-477-4239.


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