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Few candidates file for November ballot

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Nearly two weeks after filing began for offices in the November general election, candidates are scarce.

As of Thursday afternoon, in various races that affect Sonoma Valley voters, incumbent Jeff Kunde has filed to keep his seat on the Santa Rosa Junior College board. Incumbent Sal Chavez has filed to keep his seat in the El Verano attendance area on the Sonoma Valley Unified School District board. Incumbent Dennis McIntosh has re-filed for his seat on the Kenwood Fire Protection District board.

Nicholas Greben and Brian Brady have filed to retain their seats on the Valley of the Moon Fire Protection District. And Joshua Rymer and incumbent Peter Hohorst have filed for the two seats on the Sonoma Valley Health Care District board while incumbent Kevin Carruth has decided not to seek re-election.

And while no one has filed papers yet for the three seats on the Sonoma City Council, six potential candidates – Madolyn Agrimonti, incumbent Ken Brown, Linda Corrado, Rachel Hundley, Cameron Stuckey and Jack Wagner – have pulled nominating papers. The three seats being contested now belong to Brown, Steve Barbose and Tom Rouse.

Dan Gustafson, the incumbent in Flowery attendance area in the Sonoma Valley Unified School District, has indicated that he’ll run for re-election, but has yet to file.

Other area district with races and no candidates yet include the Kenwood School District (incumbents Susan Reiter, Coty O’Donnell and Frances Threewit), and the Valley of the Moon Water District (incumbents Charles Heneveld, Jon Foreman and Meghan Stuart). A third seat on the Valley of the Moon Fire Protection District held by Cameron Jarrett is also on the November ballot.

The candidate filing period runs through Friday, Aug. 8, although if an incumbent fails to file, the filing period is extended until Wednesday, Aug. 13.

Candidates can obtain and file their nominating papers with the Sonoma County Registrar of Voters, 435 Fiscal Drive, Santa Rosa. The office is open Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. For details about the nominating process call 565-6800 or go to the Registrar of Voters Office in Santa Rosa.

Candidates for the Sonoma City Council must obtain and file their nominating papers with City Clerk Gay Johann.