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Clock ticking on two Election Days in Placer County

Foresthillians will vote Sept. 18 and Nov. 6
By: Gus Thomson, Reporter/Columnist
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The clock is ticking more loudly toward Election Day not only in November but also toward a special election in September for some Placer County voters.

The general election — with a California governor to choose and several ballot measures to decide on — will be sweeping up the most attention and votes Nov. 6.

And candidate filing is set to start July 16 for the November election, with more than 175 elective posts open to prospective candidates — including three slots on the Auburn City Council and two on the Placer County Water Agency board.

Many of the more localized board postings go vacant, however.  

County elections chief Ryan Ronco said it’s not unusual to see dozens of people appointed to local district boards because of lack of candidates filing for office.

The numerous fire and water districts that pepper the county, for instance, seem to have the least amount of candidates, he said. With no candidate coming forward, the post will be filled by appointment.

“Having a selection of candidates gives voters a choice in who will be representing them on decisions that affect them,” Ronco said.

One fire district will be holding its own special election Sept. 18 on a ballot measure to bring in a property tax of $237.37 a year for each parcel. The new funding would raise about $800,000 annually to help pay for staffing and other fire protection costs in the Foresthill Fire Protection District. Only district voters will cast ballots and they’ll have until Sept. 4 to register. Mail ballots will start to be sent Aug. 20.

Foresthill fire district voters will join with the rest of Placer County Nov. 6 for a general election. Among the decisions Foresthillians will be making will be on electing two directors to the fire district board.

The county elections division is smoothing the path to Election Day for people considering running by holding candidate workshops. The workshops are intended to explain many of the details involved in running for public office, including campaign financial filing, campaigning techniques and working with the media.

More information on the election and candidate workshops is available at placerelections.com or 530-886-5650.