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Filing open for candidates in June statewide primary

By Christian Kallen

If you’re one of those who finds reason to complain about government, here’s your chance to be part of the change. The Sonoma County Registrar’s office has released a list of the open seats and offices in the upcoming statewide primary election, set for June 7 this year, with a filing deadline of March 11.

According to County Clerk Deva Marie Proto, candidates interested in running for any of the 29 positions whose terms expire this year must file nomination papers by March 11 in order to have their names placed on the June 7 ballot. If nomination papers for an incumbent elective officer of the district are not filed by 5 p.m. on March 11, candidates other than the incumbent have an extended deadline until 5 p.m. on March 16 to file for such elective office.

There are a few oddities in the election map this year. For instance, U.S. Sen. Alex Padilla, who was appointed to fill Kamala Harris’s seat upon her election to the vice presidency, must run to fill out the remainder of her term from Nov. 2022 to January 2023, and has announced he will also run for the 2023-2029 term.

Additionally, redistricting has changed the outlines of several districts. For instance, State Senate District 3, currently represented by Bill Dodd (D-Napa), has been expanded deeper into Sonoma Valley. Both Dodd and McGuire are expected to file in their districts.

Open seats for which nomination papers are expected are:

Federal (elected statewide): United States Senator (partial/unexpired term, currently held by Sen. Padilla, who was appointed), and United States Senator (full term); Federal (elected by district): United States Representative in Congressional Districts 2 (currently held by Mike Thompson, D-Napa) and 4 (Jared Huffman, D-San Rafael); State (elected statewide): Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Secretary of State, Controller, Treasurer, Attorney General, Insurance Commissioner, State Superintendent of Public Instruction; State (elected by district): Board of Equalization District 2, State Senator District 2, Member of the State Assembly Districts 2, 4, and 12; SonomaCounty(electedcountywide): County Superintendent of Schools, Auditor-Controller- Treasurer-Tax Collector, County Clerk-Recorder-Assessor, District Attorney, Sheriff-Coroner; Sonoma County (elected by district): County Supervisorial Districts 2 (David Rabbitt) and 4 (James Gore); Judicial (elected countywide): Superior Court Offices 2, 4, 6, 7, and 9 – filing deadline of Feb. 14 has passed.

All prospective candidates may obtain and file their nomination papers with the Sonoma County Registrar of Voters Office, 435 Fiscal Drive, Santa Rosa, Monday through Friday, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.

For more information, please visit the webpage at sonomacounty. Elections/June-7-2022-Statewide-Direct-Primary-Election, call (707) 565-6800, or email [email protected]