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And they’re off: Election candidate filing starts Tuesday amid flurry of early activity

By: Gus Thomson, Journal Staff Writer
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The statewide primary election is still almost four months away but some candidates are getting a jumpstart on their campaigns. The flurry of election activity is taking place around Tuesday’s start of a campaign-filing period that runs through March 12. The primary election will take place June 8. Republican Michael Babich of Auburn, for instance, was holding Monday what his campaign described as a meet-and- greet petition-signing at Roseville’s Galleria. He’s challenging incumbent U.S. Rep. Tom McClintock, R-Roseville, for the GOP nomination for the 4th District congressional election next November. And Supervisor Rocky Rockholm – already challenged by Roseville Joint Union High School District Trustee Jack Duran – will play host to a campaign kick-off event Wednesday. The event takes place at 5 p.m. at the Basic Urban Kitchen in Old Town Roseville. Other important pre-election dates include: May 10 (first day vote-by-mail ballots can be mailed), May 24 (Last day to register to vote for the primary), June 1 (last day to request a vote-by-mail ballot). As well as the higher-profile gubernatorial, congressional, U.S. senate, state Senate and state Assembly elections, several local-government posts are available for office-seekers. Rockholm is already being challenged in Roseville’s District 1 but District 2 Supervisor Robert Weygandt is up for re-election with no confirmed challenger. District Attorney Brad Fenocchio is stepping down after 16 years, leaving that post to be filled. Assistant District Attorney Scott Owens has already stepped up as an early front-runner. Sheriff Ed Bonner has said he’ll be seeking another four-year term, which would begin Jan. 3 next year. Other county officials who could be campaigning for re-election if they are challenged by another candidate are Assessor Kristen Spears, Auditor-Controller Katherine Martinis, Clerk-Recorder-Registrar Jim McCauley, Treasurer-Tax Collector Jenine Windeshausen, and Schools Superintendent Gayle Garbolino-Mojica. Five Superior Court judges are also up for a possible campaign for re-election for six-year terms. They are Mark Curry, Jeffrey Penney, Colleen Nichols, Eugene Gini and Larry Gaddis. In the case of the district attorney’s post, the deadline to file will be extended five days to March 17 because the incumbent will not be filing as a candidate.