It’s beginning to look a lot like election time.
On Friday, candidates across the state and on the Central Coast rushed to get their declaration-of-candidacy paperwork for the June 8 primary election filed before the 5 p.m. deadline.
No real surprises with the candidates — everyone who claimed they would run for an office filed the correct paperwork on time — with the exception of the Santa Barbara County Treasurer-Tax Collector race.
Incumbent Bernice James never pulled paperwork to run; instead her second-in-command, Assistant Treasurer-Tax Collector Harry Hagen, paid the fees and filed his nomination papers Wednesday.
And then unexpectedly, Michael Cheng of Santa Barbara pulled the declaration-of-candidacy paperwork Thursday and filed it Friday.
Cheng’s profession was not listed, and he did not return a call by press time Friday.
Some local leaders filed paperwork to run for statewide offices, including 15th District Senator Abel Maldonado for lieutenant governor, termed-out 35th District Assemblyman Pedro Nava for attorney general, and 19th District State Senator Tony Strickland for state controller.
Incumbent U.S. representatives Lois Capps, of the 23rd District, and Elton Gallegly, of the 24th District, are both defending their seats.
Republicans David Stockdale of Santa Maria, Clark Vandeventer of Goleta, and Carol Miller and Libertarian Darrell Stafford of San Luis Obispo County have filed paperwork to run against Capps.
Three Democratic challengers from Ventura County — Tim Allison, Marie Panec and Shawn Stern — will be vying to challenge Gallegly in the fall. Democrat Marta Jorgensen of the Santa Ynez Valley also has announced her intention to again challenge Gallegly, but she was not named in the Santa Barbara County candidate listings.
Democrats Das WIlliams and Susan Jordan filed to run for Nava’s 35th District state Assembly seat, along with Republican and former county supervisor Mike Stoker. Republican Daniel Goldberg of Oxnard has also filed to join the race.
Democrat Hilda Zacharias of Santa Maria is unopposed in the race to takeover the 33rd District state assembly position — Sam Blakeslee’s seat.
Henrietta “Etta” Waterfield, a former Santa Maria planning commissioner, San Luis Obispo County Supervisor K.H. “Katcho” Achadjian, financial planner Matt Kokkonen and Paso Robles City Councilman Fred Strong are all seeking the GOP nomination in the race.
Incumbent Janet Wolf will be running against challenger and retired physician Dan Secord, who filed his declaration-for-candidacy paperwork for the 2nd District Santa Barbara County Supervisor seat, reprising their 2006 contest.
Two 5th District county supervisor candidates — Santa Maria City Councilwoman Alice Patino and Steve Lavagnino, an aide to Gallegly — have until next Wednesday to file, but both turned in their nomination papers Friday.
Incumbent Joe Centeno announced he would not be running for a third term in 2007.
Senior Deputy District Attorney Joyce Dudley and Chief Trial Deputy Josh Lynn met the deadline to file candidacy papers for the Santa Barbara County District Attorney seat.
Former District Attorney Christie Stanley announced that she would not be running for a second term last year and retired from the position in January.
Uncontested Santa Barbara County incumbents include, Superintendent of Schools Bill Cirone, Auditor-Controller Bob Geis, Clerk-Recorder-Assessor Joe Holland and Sheriff-Coroner Bill Brown.
For the 2nd District San Luis Obispo County supervisor race, incumbent Bruce Gibson has been challenged by land-use attorney Marshall Ochylski.
County Planning Commissioner Paul Teixeira and Mike Zimmerman of Arroyo Grande both filed nomination papers for the 4th District county supervisor seat.
Arroyo Grande City Councilman Jim Guthrie pulled paperwork for the position, but wasn’t listed as having filed it in the San Luis Obispo County candidate listing.
In San Luis Obispo County, the incumbents running uncontested, include Assessor Tom Bordonaro Jr., Auditor-Controller Gere Sibbach, Clerk-Recorder Julie Rodewald, Treasurer-Tax Collector Frank Freitas, Superintendent of Schools Julian Crocker and District Attorney Gerald Shea.
The SLO County race for sheriff-coroner makes up for the lack of competition with its plethora of contestants.
Candidates who filed qualifying paperwork include sheriff’s Deputy Mark Adams, former Pismo Beach Police Chief Joe Cortez, Sheriff’s Cmdr. Ben Hall, former 3rd District county supervisor and 30-year police veteran Jerry Lenthall, San Luis Obispo police Capt. Ian Parkinson and retired CHP Officer Michael Teixeira.
There are no contested judge races in either Santa Barbara or San Luis Obispo counties.
If no candidate gets more than 50 percent of the vote in the June 8 primary election, then a runoff will be held during the Nov. 2 general election.
More election and candidate information can be found at sbcvote.com for Santa Barbara County and at slocounty.ca.gov/clerk/elections.htm for San Luis Obispo.