The three local water districts — Fern Valley, Idyllwild and Pine Cove — and the Idyllwild Fire District have scheduled their election of board members for the August. Victors will take office Friday, Dec. 2.

The nomination period begins Monday, May 6. The Declaration of Candidacy (and other papers) must be filed with the Riverside County Registrar of Voters by 5 p.m., May 31 for the Aug. 27 election. The Declaration of Candidacy should also be available at the District's office, but it must reach the Registrar of Voters office by May 31.

If an incumbent fails to file, the deadline for that office will be extended to 5 p.m., June 5 for everyone except the incumbent.

The local districts’ directors, whose terms expire in December, are John Cook and Mike Freitas of Idyllwild Water; Robert Krieger, James Rees and Charlie Wix of Fern Valley; Robert Hewitt, Lou Padula and Joel Palmer of Pine Cove; and Pete Capparelli, Jeannine Charles-Stigall and Dr. Charles “Chip” Schelly” of Idyllwild Fire.

The Registrar of Voters staff are available to assist with completing the necessary paperwork and answering any questions candidates may have. Candidates will receive informational handbooks at the time they obtain their papers.

Candidates who are unsure of the local district offices they are eligible for, based on residency, should contact the Registrar of Voters office for help.

Other special districts, besides the four local districts, planning an election for Aug. 27 include the High Valleys Water District, Lee Lake Water District and the Rancho California Water District.

For more information about this election contact the Registrar of Voters at (951) 486-7200 or (800) 773-8683.