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June primary election starts today

Dave Moller
Sun News Service

NEVADA CITY, Calif. and#8212; Battles and new faces are expected for several Nevada County elected offices this year, and today is the first official day of the June 8, 2010, primary election season.

Candidates who want to save some money can take out papers today for signatures in-lieu of filing fees at the County Clerk’s elections office on the second floor of the Rood Center in Nevada City.

None of the forms, or paperwork for candidate filings, can be handled online, over the phone or through the mail, according to Assistant Clerk-Recorder Gail Smith.

and#8220;It’s got to be done here at the counter weekdays 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.,and#8221; Smith said. and#8220;Everything gets date-stamped,and#8221; to protect the candidate and the election process.

All listed deadlines are for 5 p.m. at the counter.

A Candidates Handbook can be downloaded from the elections office Web site at new.mynevadacounty.com/elections/. Smith said to call the county election’s office at 265-1298 for any other questions.

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In Nevada County, the primary has gained importance in recent months with the announcement of two resignations and the possibility of consolidating one of the vacated posts with another.

In November, Assessor Dale Flippin announced he would step down with one year left on his term. In December, county supervisors appointed Jim Dal Bon to fulfill the rest of the term, but Dal Bon said he would not seek election.

Truckee-area Supervisor Ted Owens said he would run for assessor, and former south county Supervisor Sue Horne said she was strongly considering it.

Treasurer-Tax Collector Christina Dabis also left at the end of 2009 with one year left on her term, and the supervisors said initially they would appoint a successor this month. Dabis nominated Tina Vernon of the county executive officer’s office to replace her.

However, late last week, the county executive office proposed a plan to consolidate the Treasurer-Tax Collector’s office with the office of Auditor-Controller to save $150,000 annually.

Marcia Salter is the current elected Auditor-Controller, and that office is up for election again in June as well. The proposal is expected to go to the Board of Supervisors Tuesday at 9 a.m at a special meeting of the board at the Rood Center.

Nevada County District 3 Supervisor John Spencer and District 4 Supervisor Hank Weston have said they will run again.

In Nevada City, incumbent councilwomen Barbara Coffman and Sally Harris are also up for re-election.

On the state level, Sen. Sam Aanestad (R-Grass Valley) has met his term limits and has announced a run for Lt. Governor.

He could run in June for the GOP nomination against Sen. Abel Maldonado (R-Santa Maria) who was recently appointed to replace outgoing Lt. Gov. John Garamendi and awaits confirmation by the state Legislature.

Former assemblymen Rick Keene of Chico and Doug LaMalfa of Richvale have both indicated they will run in the Republican primary for the nomination for the 4th District Senate seat.

Assemblyman Dan Logue, (R-Linda), who beat Horne for the GOP nomination in the 3rd District Assembly race in 2008, is expected to run again.