One special district — Idyllwild Fire Protection District — is guaranteed an election on August 27. Fern Valley Water District may need one, but the residents in the other two Hill water districts — Idyllwild and Pine Cove — will not need to cast a vote to fill the expiring seats.
Only IFPD Commission President Jeannine Charles-Stigall, of three Idyllwild Fire Protection District Commissioners whose terms expire this year, submitted papers for re-election. Commission colleagues, Pete Capparelli and Dr. Charles “Chip” Schelly, have chosen not to seek re-election.
However, three other individuals, and all formerly employed by IFPD — Rhonda Andrewson, administrative assistant, Steve Kunkle, fire chief, and Nancy Layton, financial consultant — have already qualified for the candidacy. So Idyllwild Fire Commission will have an election campaign composed of, at least, four candidates unless more file by 5 p.m., Wednesday, June 5.
Since an incumbent passed on re-election, the filing period for Idyllwild Fire is extended five more days.
Which is the situation at Fern Valley Water District, surprisingly as of Friday evening, May 31, Director James Rees had not filed for re-election. Consequently other interested candidates have until 5 p.m., Wednesday, June 5 to file for the apparent vacant board seat.
If more than two submit candidacy paperwork, Fern Valley will have an election too.
FVWD also has a fourth seat to fill. This week, the District announced the resignation of Director Diana Johnson, whose term expires in December 2015. The Board has decided to fill the remaining period with an appointment at its June 21 meeting. Interested applicants can file at the District’s office, 55790 S. Circle Dr. Members of the Fern Valley Board of Directors must own land in the District.
For the second consecutive election, only the existing incumbents, whose terms expire in December, filed for the director seats in Idyllwild and Pine Cove water districts. John Cook and Mike Freitas of Idyllwild Water and Robert Hewitt, Lou Padula and Joel Palmer of Pine Cove encountered no competition in their decision to continue their role with their local water district. Consequently, both districts will be spared the cost of an election.