|You asked the question: Where are the rest of the candidates?|
|Written by Dee Holzel|
|Saturday, April 17 2010 06:42|
Reader Question: I saw the list of candidates in the paper and noticed Mike Macdonald wasn't listed. Did he drop out?
SPJ Responds: No. We didn't see the list but are assuming it was those candidates whose names will appear on the ballot for the June 8 primary.
The primary election allows political parties to pick their candidates if there's more than one person running on the ticket. In addition, the primary election narrows down the field of candidates in non-partisan races where there's more than two candidates.
The Humboldt County District Attorney campaign is partisan and those seeking that office are running on a party ticket. Mike Macdonald as the only Democratic Party candidate will advance directly to the general election. Keven Pasquale as the only IAP candidate will advance directly to the general election. The Democrats and IAP's have their candidates all ready to go and there's no need for a primary.
But Republican voters have some choices to make because both incumbent Russell Smith and the challenger Matt Stermitz are Republicans; therefore, their names appear on the primary election ballot. The Republicans will pick their candidate on June 8 and the top vote-getter will advance to the general election to face Macdonald and Pasquale.
In the race for Humboldt County Commission Seat E, there are six Republicans running (John Arant, Rich Brown, Marshall Keller, Bill Douglas, Jim French, Mel Hummel) and no Democratic Party contenders. Therefore, the two top vote-getters on the Republican ticket will proceed to the general election in November and the others will go home wiser for the experience.
As previously mentioned, the primary also allows voters to narrow down the field of candidates in non-partisan races.
For example, the office of Humboldt County Sheriff is non-partisan. There are three candidates running (incumbent Ed Kilgore and challengers Andy Rorex and Bob Davidson Sr.) so the primary will eliminate one of those candidates and the top two vote-getters will proceed to the general election.
We hope that helps.