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Candidate field is a lean one so far in Placer County

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The field is far from filled for the Nov. 2 election, sparking Placer County’s elections chief to put a call out for candidates. Jim McCauley, the county clerk and registrar of voters, said 37 potential candidates have filed with the elections division. About 180 seats are open in the upcoming election on 80 local government bodies. “Serving on a local district provides opportunities to help shape the communities in which we live,” McCauley said. “As a board member, you can from the debate on issues such as academic standards, environmental protection and public safety.” In Placer County, despite the ease with which potential candidates can qualify and register to run for office, about half of the candidates run unopposed, McCauley stated. There is no cost to file for most offices and staff will help with explaining paperwork and answering questions, he said. The filing period for the Nov. 2 election started July 12 and ends Aug. 6. If the incumbent doesn’t file, the time period is extended to Aug. 11. Among the offices open in November are: n Placer County Board of Education (three openings); the Sierra Joint Community College District (four slots), Auburn Area Recreation and Park District (two posts to fill), Placer County Water Agency (two openings) n Auburn City Council (three, four-year openings), Colfax City Council (three), Placer Union High School District (two board seats open), Bowman’s Ackerman Elementary School District (two full-term and two short-term openings), Auburn Union Elementary School District (four openings, Newcastle Elementary School District (three) n Placer Hills Fire Protection District (four openings), Nevada Irrigation District (two seats open). Those interested in running for election can contact the Office of Elections at (530) 886-5650 or visit the election website placerelections.com. – Gus Thomson