School district to save $24,500 in upcoming election

That’s because only incumbents are running
By: Patty McAlpin Lincoln News Messenger Reporter
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Approximately $24,500 will be saved as a result of the election for two school board seats not appearing on the ballot Nov. 6. That’s according to Ryan Ronco, Placer County assistant registrar of voters. Incumbents Paul Long, who has served on the Western Placer Unified School District Board of Trustees for 35 years, and Paul Carras, who has been a board member since 2006, were the only candidates for the Nov. 6 election. Long and Carras will be appointed to office in lieu of election. Typically, candidates are seated at the first meeting in December, said Scott Leaman, Western Placer Unified School District superintendent. That is when Long and Carras take the oath of office and new officers will be selected for the board. “We’re excited to have them back,” Leaman said. “Although we would have welcomed other candidates, at this time fiscally having a stable board is helpful.” It helps, any time the district can realize a savings from election costs, Leaman said. “That would have been general funds dollars that can now support our programs and our district,” Leaman said. Since this race will not appear on the ballot, Ronco said, the district will not pay costs that would have included ballot printing, postage, elections personnel training, facility rental and machine programming. There are 28,068 Western Placer Unified School District registered voters. The cost to conduct an election would have been .87 cents per voter, according to Ronco. The only cost to the district was $750 for candidate filing. The city of Lincoln will incur approximately $30,000 to $35,000 to conduct elections for City Council, city treasurer and Measure H, Ronco said. Lincoln has 24,052 registered voters. The cost per registered voter is $1.25. The city isn’t charged the candidate filing fee because the Lincoln city clerk takes care of candidate filing for the city of Lincoln. Lincoln’s registered voters will be asked to decide if the office of the city treasurer shall be appointive and, if that measure fails “which of the following candidates do you vote for to hold the office of city treasurer,” according to ballot wording provided by Ronco. The only candidate for city treasurer is Terrence “Terry” Dorsey. Candidates for three seats on the Lincoln City Council appearing on the ballot include incumbents Mayor Spencer Short and Councilman Tom Joiner and non-incumbent candidates Christine Colvin, Dan Cross, Allen Cuenca, Peter Gilbert, Scott Glaser, David Kawas and Candi Schipper. Mayor Pro-tem Tom Cosgrove is not seeking re-election. The city does not have the option to remove the treasurer’s race from the ballot since there is only one candidate to save money because a citywide measure and a city council race with multiple candidates already appear on the ballot, Ronco said.