Jessica Cejnar Andrews / Friday, March 11, 2022 @ 6:39 p.m. / Elections

Former CCPD Lt. Garrett Scott is Running for Del Norte Sheriff Unopposed; Candidate Lineup Set for District 3 Supervisor; Filing Periods Still Open for Districts 4, 5 Supervisor Seats

Former Crescent City Police lieutenant Garrett Scott is running for Del Norte County Sheriff unopposed, County Clerk-Recorder Alissia Northrup told the Wild Rivers Outpost on Friday.

Though he had taken out papers to run for the office, Enrique Ortega, a sergeant in the sheriff’s office, decided to back Scott, according to Northrup.

Appointed sheriff, Randy Waltz, faces charges of perjury and election fraud. Waltz had taken out papers to continue to serve as sheriff following the June election, but had not returned them by the 5 p.m. deadline Friday.

Meanwhile, the candidate lineup for the District 3 supervisor seat is set. In addition to incumbent Chris Howard, who is seeking his third term on the Board of Supervisors, Frank Magarino and Hiouchi resident Joe “Hank" Akin have submitted their election paperwork, Northrup said.

Magarino is currently the Trustee Area 3 representative on the Del Norte County Unified School District Board of Trustees.

Though four people have thrown their hat into the ring for the District 4 seat on the Board of Supervisors, the filing period will remain open until 5 p.m. Wednesday, Northrup said. Incumbent Gerry Hemmingsen is not seeking re-election, she said.

Two people have turned in their election papers for the District 4 seat, including current Crescent City Harbor Commissioner Brian Stone and local businesswoman Patty Adams, Northrup said.
Two other people, Fort Dick resident Joey Borges, and Margaret Sargent have taken out papers to run for the District 4 supervisor seat, but have not returned them yet, Northrup said.

Five people have turned in their papers for the District 5 seat, left vacant due to the March 2 death of Bob Berkowitz. They include former sheriff Dean Wilson; Susan Masten, a former Yurok Tribal Councilwoman and owner of the Steelhead Lodge in Klamath Glen; David Jones, a member of the Klamath Chamber of Commerce; David Markel, who lives in the Bertsch Tract; and Terri Colton, who sought the District 5 seat in 2016.

Meanwhile, the incumbents for several other local elected offices are running unopposed, which means the filing period for those seats have closed.

Those running unopposed include Assessor Jennifer Perry, Auditor-Controller Clint Schaad, District Attorney Katherine Micks, Tax Collector-Treasurer Barbara Lopez and Superintendent of Schools Jeff Harris.

Northrup is also running unopposed for the County Clerk-Recorder position.

At the state level, a Del Norter, local teacher Charlotte Svolos, will run against incumbent Jim Wood for the California Assembly District 2 seat. According to Northrup, it’s up to the California Secretary of State to confirm Svolos’ candidacy for Assembly.

Svolos ran against Wood in 2020, telling the Outpost and KFUG Community news that she felt he wasn’t a “proactive advocate” for Del Norte County.

Other Congressional and legislative offices before voters this June include U.S. Senator, U.S. District 2 Representative and State Senator.


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