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In final week, candidates still scarce

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With only four days left to file, it’s looking like the only contested Valley race could be for the three seats on the Sonoma City Council.

As of Monday, two candidates have filed their nominating papers to run for the City Council in the November general election, while six others have pulled papers but have yet to file. Rachel Hundley was the first to file for the council on July 30, while Madolyn Agrimonti filed the following day. Would-be candidates who have pulled papers but have yet to file include incumbent Ken Brown, Lynda Corrado, Cameron Stuckey, Jack Wagner, Andrew Sawicki and Gary Edwards, who pulled his papers on Monday.

Both Mayor Tom Rouse and two-term incumbent Steve Barbose have declared they will not seek re-election.

If neither Barbose nor Rouse files by Friday, which is the last day to file unless an incumbent doesn’t file, the nominating period is extended until Wednesday, Aug. 13.

In other races around the Valley, incumbent Jeff Kunde, who has filed for re-election, has no opposition for his seat on the Santa Rosa Junior College board.

Sal Chavez had filed to keep his seat as the El Verano representative on the Sonoma Valley Unified School District board, as has Dan Gustafson as the Flowery representative. Neither has any opposition.

No one has filed for the three seats on the Kenwood School board currently held by incumbents, Susan Reiter, Coty O’Donnell and Frances Threewit. Indications are that Reiter and Threewit will file for re-election.

So far, incumbent Dennis McIntosh is the only candidate to file for the Kenwood fire Protection District board.

Incumbents Nicholas Greben and Brian Brady have filed for the full-term seats on the Valley of the Moon Fire Protection District board. Incumbent Cameron Jarrett has yet to file.

At the Sonoma Valley Health Care District, incumbent Peter Hohorst and Joshua Rymer have filed for the two seats while incumbent Kevin Carruth won’t seek re-election.

Incumbents Charles Heneveld and Jon Foreman have filed for the two full-term seats on the Valley of the Moon Water District board while incumbent Meghan Stuart has yet to file.

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.