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News: 08/01/2020

Kenwood school board, fire board election filing deadlines



Kenwood school board, fire board election filing deadlines

Are you interested in making a difference in your community?

There are open seats on both the Kenwood School District Board of Trustees and the Kenwood Fire Protection District’s Board of Directors.

Anyone interested in running has until Aug. 7 to file nomination papers with the Sonoma County Registrar of voters.

There are two seats on the five-member Kenwood School board that will be on the ballot Nov. 3 if those seats are contested. If the two current incumbents do not file the required paperwork by Aug. 7, then anyone else interested has an extended period to file, until Aug. 12.

Board members serve a four-year term, beginning in December, 2020 and serving through November 2024. In order to serve as a trustee, a person must be at least 18 years old and reside within the district boundaries of Kenwood School. The responsibilities of a Board member include working with the Superintendent, fiscal oversight of the district budget, and monitoring district policies.

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.

Under terms of the appointment, Both Doss and Moretti will have to stand for a two-year term if they run. None of the current directors have declared their intentions yet.

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 or school district can run for the seats. 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.

For more information about Kenwood School, go to www.kenwoodschool.org. For more information about the Kenwood Fire Department, go to www.kenwoodfire.org.


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