Calaveras County official orders recall election after supervisors refuse

Robert Bowerman of Valley Springs on Thursday picks up papers from Calaveras County Elections Coordinator Robin Glanville. Bowerman says he will file to be a candidate for the District 5 seat on the Calaveras County Board of Supervisors.

Calaveras County Clerk Recorder Rebecca Turner on Wednesday formally ordered that a recall election for District 5 Supervisor Steve Kearney be placed on the Nov. 8 ballot.

Meanwhile, at least three people have already shown interest in running to represent District 5 in the event the recall is successful. Robert Bowerman of Valley Springs went Thursday morning to the Calaveras County Elections Office to pick up paperwork he will need to complete to become a candidate.

Calaveras County Elections Coordinator Robin Glanville said that two other people – Clyde Clapp and Bruce Giudici, both of Valley Springs – have also picked up the paperwork.

Clapp was one of those active in the campaign to collect signatures to recall Kearney. Bowerman is a former executive director for the Sacramento region of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws.

Giudici did not immediately return a call to his home phone on Thursday morning.

Bowerman said that other District 5 residents asked him to run. “I am not running against Steve Kearney,” Bowerman said.

Prospective candidates have until Aug. 25 to file the necessary paperwork.

Turner was required to take action to place the recall on the ballot after the Calaveras County Board of Supervisors on July 12 declined to certify that sufficient signatures had been gathered to call the election.

By state law, the board had 14 days after the July 12 meeting to issue an order to approve the recall election. No order came, so Turner followed state rules that required her to act as the county registrar of voters and set the recall election.

There will be two questions concerning Kearney on the November ballot: whether he should be recalled and who should replace him. If he is recalled, his replacement will serve out the remainder of his term. Kearney is a first-term supervisor whose four years of service expires on Dec. 31, 2018.

The filing fee for the office is $563.06, which is 1 percent of the annual supervisor salary of $56,305. Candidates can avoid the filing fee by collecting 529 signatures of registered District 5 voters. Candidates must also file statements of qualifications. The fee for that statement is $350.

The filing period for those wishing to challenge Kearney opened Wednesday. Filing documents are available from the Elections Department at the Calaveras County Government Center, 891 Mountain Ranch Road, San Andreas.

Candidates must be registered voters who reside within District 5. Kearney cannot file to replace himself.


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