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Election season begins

Key primary deadlines approach

Election season begins

POSTED February 4, 2014 10:33 p.m.



Although November is still several months away, the California statewide direct primary election set for June 3 is in full swing as key deadlines approach for candidates.

The primary election in June will include voting for the top-two candidates for the following offices: Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Secretary of State, Controller, Treasurer, Attorney General, Insurance Commissioner, members of the State Board of Equalization, Congressional representatives, state senators, members of the Assembly, and the superintendent of public instruction.

Turlock residents might have noticed campaign signs for Congressman Jeff Denham (R-Turlock) popping up around town, as the 10th Congressional District Representative seeks reelection against Democrat and local bee farmer Michael Eggman. Michael Barkley, a 2012 Democratic candidate, says that he also plans on running again for Denham’s seat.

Although Congressman Denham is said to have filed a Statement of Intention to run for Lieutenant Governor of California, campaign consultant Dave Gilliard has confirmed that as incorrect, as he is seeking reelection in Congress.

Also subject to being contested in 2014 are local lawmakers Assemblywoman Kristin Olsen (R-Modesto) and Senator Anthony Cannella (R-Ceres).

Running against Assemblywoman Olsen is Turlock Unified School District Trustee Dr. Harinder Grewal, who filed a Statement of Intention in early January.

Stanislaus County offices up for election include two Supervisor seats for Districts 3 and 4, Assessor, Auditor-Controller, Clerk Recorder, District Attorney, County Sheriff, Superintendent of Schools, and County Treasurer.

In addition to the several state and county seats on the June ballot, California voters will be faced with two ballot measures during the primary election, including Prop 41, the Veterans Housing and Homeless Prevention Bond, and Prop 42, the Compliance of Local Agencies and Public Records Act.

The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in the June 3 primary election is March 7.


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