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Local contests shaping up for 2020 jungle primary 

In California’s moved up primary election on March 3, a contested race has formed for two seats on the Colusa County Board of Supervisors. 

Four candidates have declared for the District 2 seat being vacated by John Loudon, who announced his retirement earlier in the year. 

Robert Moriconi, Dave B. Markss, Laurie Waters, and Daurice Kalfsbeek Smith have filed for the position Supervisor Loudon has held since Gov. Jerry Brown’s first appointed him in 2014. 

Because Loudon did not file for reelection by Friday’s deadline, the filing period has been extended to 5 PM on Dec. 11 for others to jump into the race, election officials said. 

In District 3, held by Chairman of the Board Kent S. Boes, the filing period has closed with Boes and Jason D. McMullan set to go head-to-head in a race, without a third party, that will be decided on March 3. 

California’s March 3 election, moved from the first Tuesday (typically) in June, is a process known as the “jungle primary” or qualifying race that leaves the top two vote getters in the race having to face off in runoff elections in November. 

In District 2, unless one of the four candidates can secure a vote of 50 percent plus one the first time around, the ultimate winner will be determined in the November general election. Moroconi ran a successful primary race for the District 2 seat in 2016, knocking out a third candidate and advancing to the runoff election the following November. He lost to Loudon in the general election by a vote of 790 to 627.  

Markss is a member of the Colusa City Council, having captured one of three open seats in a four-candidate race in the Nov. 8, 2016 general election. This will be his first entry in a supervisorial contest. 

It will also be the first attempt at elected office for Walters, who serves as a legal secretary for Colusa County, and Kalfsbeek Smith, business development manger at Hoblit Motors, owner of Advanced PVA Technologies, Inc. in Colusa, and a member of the Colusa County Fish and Game Commission. 

District 3 Supervisor Kent Boes ran a successful primary race in June 2016, beating out a third candidate and securing a spot in the November runoff against longtime incumbent Mark Marshall, whom he defeated with 52 percent of the vote the following November. 

The filing period has closed for District 3 and 4 with both incumbents filing for reelection. 

Boes, in his fourth year on the board as the District 3 supervisor, was selected by his peers to serve as chairman in 2019. Prior to election, he served four years on the Williams City Council and is captain of the Williams Volunteer Firefighters Association. 

His opponent, Jason McMullen is pastor of the Williams Community Church. 

McMullen moved to Colusa County in 2016, and ran unopposed in the Nov. 6, 2018 general election for a first term on the Colusa County Board of Education to represent the Williams area. He has served one year of a four-year term. 

The contest in District 4 has closed with Supervisor Gary J. Evans running uncontested for his fifth term in office. 

Evans was first elected to his seat in 2004, beating longtime incumbent Bill Waite with over 58 percent of the vote. This is his second primary without an opponent. 

Vote by mail ballots will begin to go out on Feb. 3. The last day to register to vote in the primary is Feb. 18. 

Polls will open on Election Day at 7 AM and close at 8 PM. 

For more information, contact the Colusa County Clerk-Recorder Registrar of Voters at 546 Jay St., Colusa, or call 458-0500. 

More information can be found online at countyofcolusa.org/elections. ■

Susan Meeker
Susan Meeker
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 susan@colusacountynews.net

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