By PAUL PAYNE
THE PRESS DEMOCRAT
The June 8 election for Sonoma County district attorney will be a rematch of the 2006 contest between incumbent Stephan Passalacqua and attorney Jill Ravitch, but the filing deadline for several other major posts remains open through Wednesday because incumbents did not file for re-election.
Paul Kelley, north county supervisor for 16 years, and Mike Kerns, south county supervisor for 12 years, already have announced they would not run again. That means possible candidates have an extra five days to complete paperwork.
Also Friday, Sonoma County Sheriff Bill Cogbill and Carl Wong, the county schools superintendent, made good on earlier declarations not to seek re-election, so their posts, too, remain open to candidates through Wednesday.
The stage is now set for a contentious race for District Attorney. Passalacqua and Ravitch will meet in their first debate March 22 at the downtown Santa Rosa library.
Passalacqua, 47, won the post in 2002 when he defeated his then-boss, Mike Mullins. Ravitch, a deputy district attorney at the time, backed Passalacqua in the race but later resigned after a disagreement over management style and ran against him in 2006. She lost by about 1,500 votes. Ravitch, 51, retains a Sebastopol residence while working at the Mendocino County District Attorney’s Office, where she is third-in-command.
Only Passalacqua and Ravitch are entered in the race, so the June 8 election will determine the winner.
Runoff elections in November for county supervisor are likely in the 2nd District and in the 4th District races because both fields are attracting multiple candidates. If no candidate in the nonpartisan races receives a majority of votes, there will be a runoff between the two top vote-getters.
In the 2nd District seat occupied by Kerns, declared candidates include Petaluma Mayor Pamela Torliatt, Petaluma Councilmen Mike Healy and David Rabbitt and Penngrove rancher John King.
In the 4th District seat held by Kelley, Windsor Councilwoman Debora Fudge and Healdsburg Councilman Mike McGuire have been campaigning for several months, while Chris Frye, a Windsor resident who owns a solar energy business, has said he intends to run.
In the race for county sheriff, Steve Freitas, Windsor’s police chief, is the only declared candidate.
And in the county schools superintendent race, only Windsor school superintendent Steve Herrington has taken out papers indicating an intent to run.
The filing deadline for several state Senate and Assembly seats is also extended until Wednesday, but some candidates went ahead and filed late Friday.
Democrat Noreen Evans, who is being termed out of her 7th Assembly District seat, is running for the 2nd Senate District occupied by Democrat Pat Wiggins, who is retiring. Evans will face opposition in the Democratic primary from Joanne Sanders, a Sonoma councilwoman and business owner who filed late Friday.
Dr. Bill Jose Uriarte, a Santa Rosa chiropractor and former president of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, filed for the Democratic nomination to the seat Evans is vacating. Former Santa Rosa Councilman Lee Pierce already has filed for the same race and Evans’ longtime office representative, Michael Allen, has declared he will file as well.