Water districts plan August mail ballot elections

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Eleven seats up for election

There will be summer elections for all three Hill water districts — Fern Valley, Idyllwild and Pine Cove. The Riverside County Registrar of Voters announced the mail-in ballot election for directors in these districts and several other county special districts as Tuesday, Aug. 29.

A total of 11 director seats are available. Both Idyllwild and Pine Cove water districts will have four seats to fill, either by incumbents or new candidates, and Fern Valley will have three seats.

If the total number of candidates for each district equals the number of seats, no election will be necessary. Later in the fall, the Registrar of Voters will ask the Board of Supervisors to appoint these candidates as directors.

Individuals interested in seeking election may begin to file nomination papers. The official Declaration of Candidacy for eligible persons desiring to file for any of the elective offices is available at each of the water district offices or the Registrar of Voters office. The Declaration of Candidacy must be filed in the office of the Registrar of Voters no later than 5 p.m. Friday, June 2.

If an incumbent fails to file, the deadline for that district will be extended five days to 5 p.m. Wednesday, June 7, for everyone except the incumbent.

Any resident of Idyllwild or Pine Cove water district, who is registered to vote in the district, is eligible to file.

For FVWD, the qualification is limited to land owners.

Candidates are eligible if they meet one of these qualifications: 1) holder of title to land within the district; 2) legal representative of a holder of title to land within the district in accordance with Section 34030 of the Water Code; or 3) a representative designated by a holder of title to land within the district, if the holder has filed with the district written evidence of that designation.

Terms for the seats for each district up for election can be seen in the accompanying table, as well at the water district offices.

The Registrar of Voters staff is available to help candidates complete the necessary paperwork and answer any questions. Candidates unsure about the local district offices for which they are eligible, based on residency, should contact the Registrar of Voters office for help. Candidates will receive informational handbooks when they obtain their papers.

For more information about this election, contact the Registrar of Voters staff at 951-486-7200.

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