The majority of candidates filing for local races didn't wait until the last minute to turn their signatures into the Humboldt County Elections Office, officials said Friday.

”We've verified everything that's come in,” Elections Manager Kelly Sanders said just before closing.

Friday marked the deadline for the candidates to officially file their candidacy papers for this year's elections. In each race, if an incumbent doesn't file, the filing period remains open for five more days.

As of 5 p.m., all but one of the candidates who have announced their intention to run had filed paperwork.

Arcata resident Hezekiah Allen filed a candidate intention statement for the District 2 Assembly race, but did not submit nomination signatures, Sanders said. Allen suspended his campaign Thursday. No other Humboldt County residents turned in paperwork for Assemblyman Wes Chesbro's seat, but the other candidates are expected to turn in papers in their counties. Chesbro is being termed out next year, and has endorsed Healdsburg City Councilman Jim Wood's campaign for the seat.

Three former Humboldt County Deputy District Attorneys -- Allan Dollison, Arnie Klein and Maggie Fleming -- have joined current Deputy District Attorney Elan Firpo in filing paperwork for the county district attorney election. Since incumbent District Attorney Paul Gallegos is not seeking reelection, the filing period deadline for candidates has been pushed back to March 12.


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In the 4th District county supervisor race, incumbent Virginia Bass and former Eureka City Councilman Chris Kerrigan filed their paperwork.

Current 5th District Supervisor Ryan Sundberg and McKinleyville resident Sharon Latour have both filed paperwork for the 5th District seat.

Incumbent Sheriff Mike Downey is the only candidate who has filed paperwork to lead the county sheriff's office.

”I'm happy about that, and I think it's indicative of how well the sheriff's office is perceived through the county,” Downey said. “I'm looking forward to continuing good service to all members of the community.”

Garberville resident Andy Caffrey and Dale Mensing of Redway each filed their paperwork to run against North Coast Congressman Jared Huffman in the 2nd District Congressional race. Huffman's office confirmed Huffman is seeking reelection.

The other congressional candidates were expected to file papers in the counties where they live.

The elections office checks signatures to make sure the person is registered to vote within the district for the office that the candidate is running for, Sanders said.

”For instance, it might not be valid if somebody moved and failed to reregister, and they no longer live in that district,” she said.

If the signatures are valid, the office will send the paperwork to the California Secretary of State's Office for final certification. Candidates in local races needed 20 signatures to qualify for the ballot, while higher positions such as state assembly and representative, require 40, Sanders said.

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