November ballot set for local races


Candidate signs are starting to go up throughout Colusa County as voters ready themselves to decide on a number of contested races for mostly local city councils and school boards.

The November mid-term election will be held on Nov. 6.

There will be four candidates running for only three open seats on the Colusa City Council.
George Parker and Brent Nobles are seeking a spot, either picking up the seat being vacated by outgoing Councilman Dave Womble, who was elected in 2014 after previously serving 27 years on the Colusa County Board or Supervisors, or by toppling either incumbent Tom Reische or appointee Josh Hill.

There are also four candidates running for three seats on the Williams City Council with challenger Sanjit Singh on the ballot with incumbents Charles Bergson, Alfred Sellers and Santos Jauregui.

Colusa Unified School District has a contested race with three candidates running for two seats, one of which is being vacated by trustee Charles Yerxa, who is stepping down at the end of the year. On the ballot with incumbent Kathy Whitesell are Chris McCallister and Carolina Munoz.

Maxwell Unified School District has five candidates running for three open seats on the school board.

Incumbents Tom Charter and Cristy Edwards will be on the ballot with challengers Cheri Azevedo, Randy Wilkins, and Robert Shadley. Pierce Joint Unified School District has two seats up with three people running, including incumbents John Friel, Sr. and Amy Charter, who will be joined on the ballot by Barbara Blair.

There are a number of unchallenged races in the November election whose candidates are shoo-ins, as well as a few with seats that will have to be filled by appointment because there are insufficient candidates running for election.

The most surprising uncontested race is the Williams Unified School District Board.

After twice being threatened with recall during last year’s contentious salary negotiations with teachers, current School Board President Sylvia Vaca is running for reelection unopposed. The WUSD board will later have to fill a vacancy that will be created when trustee Kelly Lewis steps down at the end of the year, as no other candidate ran for a seat in the November election.

Princeton Joint Unified School District has three seats up with all three incumbents running: Victoria Reamer, Troy Hansen, and Cathy Withrow. Stony Creek Joint Unified School District incumbent Zoe Brandenberger is also running unopposed.

For the Colusa County Board of Education, Ed Conrado, incumbent, is the only candidate for Trustee Area 5, and Jason McMullan, a newcomer, is the only candidate for Trustee Area 3 to replace outgoing trustee Nancy Marshall, of Williams.

The Colusa County Board of Education will also have to appoint a replacement for Virginia Frias, Trustee Area 4, who is also stepping down at the end of the year.

On the Glenn County Board of Education, trustees Janice Cannon and Kathy Perez are running unopposed for their seats.

Special Districts also have no challenged races. Kerry Reckers, Scott Rudiger, and Allen Beck are shoo-ins for Maxwell Fire Protection District, as are Bob Alvernaz, Ben Felt, and Tom Hickok for the Colusa County Resource Conservation District.

The Maxwell Public Utility District will have Tom Detlefsen, but two vacancies will need to be filled by appointment.

David Burgess and Michael Doherty are unopposed for their seats on the Arbuckle College City Fire Protection District.

Barbara Bair is running for a seat on the Pierce Joint Unified School District Board of Trustees

Susan Meeker is the Editor and Reporter for the Pioneer Review. She started her position with the Pioneer Review in January 2017 as the Advertising Manager. Susan specializes in local crime, government reporting. She also loves covering the various topics and events in our county. You can send her a message at