Big Bear Valley, CA, August 8, 2010, 4:48pm – The Registrar of Voters deadline for the November 2nd General Election was on Friday, August 6th at 5pm. The rules for filing indicate that if incumbents do not file, the candidate filing deadline is automatically extended for those positions for non-incumbents only. According to the Registrar of Voters, candidates who have filed for positions specific for the Big Bear Valley include three available seats for the City of Big Bear Lake City Council candidates David Caretto, Rick Herrick, Carol Mulvihill, Jay Obernolte and Barbara Willey. Incumbents Darrell Mulvihill and Michael Karp did not file papers. Mr. Karp stated his reasons for not filing are to care for his wife, Deborah, during her current illness. Mr. Mulvihill will leave after serving twelve years in office. Candidates for Bear Valley Unified School District’s two available seats are Mary Beth Bonkowski, Christine Giddens, Belinda Masse-Rainwater, Kenneth Turney, Al Waner and Larry Winslow. Incumbent Debra Sarkisian is not running for re-election. Big Bear Community Services District has one seat available for short term and the candidates who filed include Patricia Miller, Paul Terry and Bob Ybarra. Candidates running for one of the three seats for CSD for long term are John Day, John Green, Marge McDonald, Jeff Newsome, Denise Proffer and James Smith. As all incumbents did file for the long term CSD, the filing deadline is now closed. Big Bear Airport District Board has two seats available and Steven Baker and Gary Stube have both filed papers. Incumbent Jay Obernolte is running for City Council. Bear Valley Community Healthcare District candidates for two available seats are Barbara Espinoza and James Gonzales. Michael Perry had filed but has withdrawn from the race. All three incumbents for the Municipal Water District Divisions one through three have filed unopposed to include Todd Murphy for Division 1, Paula Fashempour for Division 2 and Skip Suhay for Division 3. The candidate filing deadline has been extended for non-incumbents only to 5:00 pm on Wednesday, August 11, 2010 for positions on the Boards of the City of Big Bear Lake City Council, the Bear Valley Unified School District, the Big Bear Community Services District short-term seat, the Big Bear Airport District and the Bear Valley Community Healthcare District. Interested residents should contact the Registrar of Voters at (909) 387-8300 or 1-(800) 881-8683.
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