13 candidates vying for seats on three Cambria boards

Thirteen people, including a retired fire chief, are in the running for seven seats on three Cambria boards after the closure of candidacy filing periods for the Nov. 2 election.

Nominations closed Wednesday for the Cambria Community Services District Board of Directors, where neither of the two incumbents are running. Cambria businessman Mike Thompson has joined the race. Other candidates are businessman and college professor Jim Bahringer; astrologer and gardener Harry Farmer; and university professor and author Valerie Bentz.

Nominations closed Aug. 6 for the other three Cambria-area boards. All four boards have five members.

Bob Putney, retired Cambria Fire Department chief, tossed his helmet into the race for three seats on the Cambria Community Healthcare District board. Also running are Hearst Castle tour guide Jeff Miller and incumbents Runo Lemming, John Headding and Frank Fratto.

In the Coast Unified School District Board of Trustees race, incumbent Dianne Brooke is now running, along with fellow board member Del Clegg and challengers Gretchen Ross of Cayucos and Lee Chamberlain of Cambria.

The contest for a spot on the San Simeon Community Services District Board of Directors is over before it began. The two incumbents, Terry Lambeth and Dee Dee Ricci, were the only candidates to apply for the two seats, so no election will be held.

The complete county list of candidate filings is available at http://tinyurl.com/243g5ry.