Idyllwild Fire and Hemet School district seats up for re-election

As of Monday, July 16, individuals interested in running for office in the November general election were advised to obtain and complete the paperwork to qualify as a candidate. Papers must be filed by 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 10. 

If an incumbent fails to file, the deadline for that office will be extended to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 15, for everyone except the incumbent. 

Several local special districts and school districts may have seats on the November ballot depending upon the number of candidates.

The Idyllwild Fire Protection District has three commissioners who may stand for office. The current term of President Rhonda Andrewson expires in December. She was elected in August 2013.

In April 2015, the IFPD commission changed its elections to November of even numbered years. So Andrewson’s term expires this year, as it does for commissioners Henry Sawicki and Ralph Hoetger, who have been appointed to fill vacancies.

Hemet Unified School District Trustee Vic Scavarda’s current term also expires in December. He was unopposed for election to a four-year term in 2014, after being appointed to replace Bill Sanborn in June 2013.

Three other HUSD trustees — Rob Davis, Megan Haley and Ross Valenzuela — will have terms expire in December, too.

Lake Hemet Municipal Water District will have three directors up for election, but all districts, 1, 3 and 4, are in Hemet Valley.

And the Valley Health System and Mt. San Jacinto Community College District may have elections this fall, too.

The Registrar of Voters’ staff is available to help prospective candidates complete the necessary paperwork and to answer 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 at the time they obtain their papers.   

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

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