The race is on, and North Coast slates of candidates for local agency seats up for elections are mostly set, with only one race remaining open longer.
No more candidates can run for seats currently held by incumbents who filed for re-election, as was the case for the four-year seats on the Cambria Community Services District, Cambria Community Healthcare District and San Simeon Community Services District boards, and the two-year seat on the Coast Unified School District Board of Trustees.
The race for three four-year seats on the Coast Unified School District remained open until after press deadline, closing at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 17, because incumbents Cindy Fratto and Sue Nash didn’t file for re-election.
No election will be held for one two-year seat on the San Simeon Community Services District because the only candidate was incumbent John Russell.
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Candidates are, in alphabetical order:
▪ Cambria Community Services District, two four-year seats — Harry Farmer, gardener/astrologer; retired businessman R. Thomas Kirkey; retired business owner Dewayne Lee; incumbents Amanda Rice, Gail Robinette and Greg Sanders; and caregiver Jeff Walters. Farmer ran in 2010. Walters ran as a write-in candidate in 2012.
▪ Cambria Community Healthcare District, two four-year seats — Shirley Bianchi, retired county supervisor and planning commissioner; incumbents Barbara Bronson Gray and Kristi Jenkins; and retiree Jerry Scott Wood, who was active in the successful efforts to “Keep Cambria Fire Local.” Another seat on the board was vacated Friday, Aug. 12, by the death of Trustee Michael McLaughlin. That seat isn’t part of the election, however. The board could appoint someone later to fill out McLaughlin’s term, which runs through 2018.
▪ Coast Unified School District, four four-year seats. Filing remained open extra days for nonincumbent candidates — harbormaster Eric Endersby; Samuel Shalhoub, a teacher/guitarist/performer; and appointed incumbent Tiffany Silva from Cayucos.
▪ Coast Unified School District, one two-year term — appointed incumbent Lee McFarland and educator/parent Elizabeth Weatherly.
▪ San Simeon Community Services District, two four-year seats — incumbent Alan Fields; retired educator Mary Margaret McGuire; and incumbents Leroy Price and Daniel Williams.