Two local elected officials have announced their run to replace retiring Monterey County Supervisor Jane Parker, setting the stage for an election that could be decided in an earlier California Presidential Primary less than a year away.
Parker’s district runs down the coast from Seaside to Marina, before going inland to parts of Salinas, along the Fort Ord side of Highway 68 circling back to Del Rey Oaks.
On Thursday, Salinas City Councilman Steve McShane launched his campaign in Fort Ord, within the boundary for the board of supervisors fourth district.
This follows the announcement of Wendy Root Askew, a Monterey Peninsula Unified School District trustee
While McShane’s current term on
In California, supervisorial elections can be decided in the primary if the top candidate gets more than half the vote. If no candidate reaches over 50 percent, the top two candidates from the primary will go to the Nov. 3,
Because the California presidential primary has moved ahead in
Parker, in her third term, last won reelection in the June 2016 primary with nearly 56 percent of the vote, beating out her next closest competitor Dennis Donohue, a former Salinas mayor. A total of 17,220 votes were cast in District 4 that cycle, according to Monterey County Elections results.
Separately, supervisors Luis Alejo and Mary Adams are also up for reelection, both of whom are ending their first terms. Alejo represents most of Salinas, while Adams’ district encompasses Big Sur, the Monterey Peninsula, Carmel Valley
Monterey County Elections filings show Alejo intends to run. According to a January recipient financial statement, Adams has a 2020 supervisor campaign committee.
The candidate filing period is from Nov. 11 to Dec. 6, according to the Monterey County Elections Office. The elected supervisor would take office at noon on Jan. 4, 2021.