Four Kenwood Fire District director seats up for election
Kenwood voters will elect - or re-elect - four of the five sitting directors of the Kenwood Fire Protection District in November. Normally, five-person district elections are staggered, with two or three directors running in alternate election years.
However, Kenwood expanded from three to five directors two years ago, which has made 2020 special since appointed directors must run for the office in the next available election cycle.
Daymon Doss and August Moretti were appointed to the Board in February 2019, and are both required to stand for election at the earliest opportunity, which is this year. Directors Jim Kempers and John Cooper were elected in 2016 and their four-year terms expire this year.
According to the Registrar of Voter's office, all candidate filings can be handled without a personal appearance at the county office. All the necessary forms are online and the required witnessing of statement signing may be done with a video conference or before a notary, according to a spokesperson.
Any resident of the fire district can run for director. Information about the filing requirements can be found online at sonomacounty.ca.gov/CRA/Registrar-of-Voters/Candidate-Filing, which also explains COVID-19 procedures.
The nomination period opened on July 13 and will close at 5 p.m. on Aug. 7. If any incumbent doesn't file by then, or decides to withdraw, the nomination period will be extended to Aug. 12. None of the current directors have declared their intentions yet.
Under terms of the appointment, Both Doss and Moretti will have to stand for a two-year term if they run. A previous article indicating Moretti would stand for a four-year term was incorrect.