By Beau Yarbrough, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
and Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 03/07/14, 9:48 PM PST |
San Bernardino >> Friday was the filing deadline for candidates vying for seats at the state and local levels for the June 3 primary election.
Rep. Paul Cook, R-Apple Valley, faces five rivals for the 8th Congressional District seat: Robert Conaway, Rodney Conover, Paul Hannosh, Odessia Lee and John Pinkerton.
Workers at the San Bernardino County Elections Office were busy reviewing petition signatures and qualifying candidates as of 5:30 p.m. Friday, but the office didn’t experience a flood of candidates pouring in at the last minute, office spokeswoman Audilia Lozada said.
Incumbent District Attorney Michael A. Ramos and Sheriff John McMahon filed their paperwork on Wednesday and had already been qualified, said David Ellis, their campaign consultant.
Ramos has one challenger, Deputy District Attorney Grover Merritt, a veteran prosecutor at the District Attorney’s Office.
McMahon was appointed sheriff in December 2012 after the abrupt resignation of Rod Hoops. He is being challenged by Los Angeles County sheriff’s Deputy Paul Schrader and Victorville resident Clifton Harris, a former sheriff’s deputy in San Bernardino and Riverside counties. All three were qualified as of Friday, Lozada said.
A crowded field of candidates seeks to succeed Rep. Gary Miller, R-Rancho Cucamonga, who announced in February that he would not seek re-election for the 31st Congressional District seat, including Pete Aguilar, Joe Baca, Paul Chabot, Dustin Cissner, Ryan Downing, Lesli Gooch, Eloise Gomez Reyes, Danny Tillman and John Valdivia.
The registrar of voters also lists Cissner as a candidate in the nearly as crowded race in the 35th Congressional District, which also includes Paul Vincent Avila, Christina Marie Gagnier, Scott Heydenfeldt, Shannon O’Brien, Norma J. Torres and Anthony Vieyra.
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