Hoefler seeks top schools spot as write-in
Community support has rallied Nevada City resident Eric Hoefler to get back into the Nevada County Superintendent of Schools race as a write-in candidate, he said Thursday.
Hoefler is mounting the write-in campaign – after not meeting the March 12 deadline to make the ballot – to unseat incumbent Holly Hermansen, who was appointed to the position in 2007.
Officials at the county elections office told Hoefler he didn’t have the correct certifications to add his name to the June 8 primary ballot – a point Hoefler disputes.
According to California Education Code section 1206, Hoefler must have his state-issued administrator’s credential by the time he enters the race, said Assistant Clerk-Recorder Gail Smith. The code was amended to include the requirement on March 8.
Hoefler is pursuing the credential through Chapman University, which has offices in Yuba City.
Chapman Dean Jim Lutz wrote a letter to the county elections office on Hoefler’s behalf stating he would issue Hoefler an intern-administrator credential for the race, Lutz said. The credential would allow Hoefler to fill the county superintendent of school’s role, he said.
County Clerk-Recorder Gregory Diaz agreed to allow Hoefler onto the ballot as long as he had the letter, Hoefler said, then reneged on the agreement last week as the filing period closed.
Messages left for Diaz were not returned Thursday.
“It’s very frustrating,” Hoefler said. “I was ready to throw the towel in last week, but people keep telling me to stay in the race. I’ve had a lot of sleepless nights in the last few days.”
He plans to enter the race as a write-in candidate and will register sometime during the April 12-May 25 window for write-ins, Hoefler said.
Hoefler first came to the area in 1976 to build a cabin at Cascade Shores. He was a businessman in France before becoming a teacher, and moved to Nevada County to live in 1999.
The candidate and his family live in Nevada City.
To contact Staff Writer Kyle Magin, e-mail email@example.com or call (530) 477-4239.
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