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Moulton-Peters takes out re-election papers as candidate filing is underway

Stephanie Moulton-Peters has taken out papers to retain her seat representing Tiburon, Belvedere, Strawberry and the rest of District 3 on the Marin Board of Supervisors, as the candidate filing period is now underway for the March 5 presidential primary.


Those interested in running for elected office may file through 5 p.m. Dec. 8, with an extension until Dec. 13 if any incumbent doesn’t file.



Moulton-Peters, currently serving as president of the board, was first elected in 2020 with more than 80% of the vote. So far, she has no challengers in her re-election bid.


The Marin Democratic Central Committee is also holding countywide elections, with all six District 3 seats coming up for election. So far, all five incumbents have taken out nomination papers for re-election — Mattson Austin, Lisa Bennett, Diana Conti, Vicki Nichols and Ida Times-Green — while the sixth seat is vacant.


The Marin Republican Central Committee has four seats on the ballot in District 3, with incumbent William McLaughlin filing his nomination papers and four more taking out papers: Mia Camera, Theodore Mareno, Ann Scott and John Turnacliff. Incumbents Diane Tallen and Ben Wolinsky have not yet taken out papers.


For Marin’s socialist Peace and Freedom Party Central Committee, there are seven at-large seats up for election, with Michelle Dopiro taking out papers.


There are also three Marin Superior Court judge seats up for election, with Kelly Simmons filing for re-election; incumbent judges Beth Jordan and James Chou have not taken out papers.


Meanwhile, incumbent state Assemblymember Damon Connolly, D-San Rafael, has taken out papers to retain his seat and may face a challenge from Republican Andrew Podshadley of Novato, whose family owns Trek Wines; he’s also taken out nomination papers. Podashly got 1% of the vote as a write-in candidate in the June 2022 primary.


Incumbent U.S. Rep. Jared Huffman, D-San Rafael, may face a challenge from another Novato Republican, Tief Gibbs; both have taken out papers. Gibbs is president of Novato Republican Women Federated and lost her bid for the Novato school board last November.


The U.S. Senate seat held by Laphonza Butler, appointed by Gov. Gavin Newsom on Oct. 1 following the death of Dianne Feinstein, is also up for grabs. Butler has said she won’t run to keep the seat, but some 40 candidates have thrown their hats in the ring so far. Democratic U.S. representatives Barbara Lee of Oakland, Adam Schiff of Burbank and Katie Porter of Irvine are seen as the top candidates.


Candidates for any of the offices may pick up and file their nomination papers at the Marin Elections Department, Suite 121 of the Marin Civic Center in San Rafael. The hours are 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. weekdays and until 5 p.m. on the Dec. 8 deadline.


Voters can learn more — and candidates can get an application and candidate guide — online at marinvotes.org. For other information about offices, terms and qualifications, call the county’s candidate-services official, Dan Miller, at 415-473-6437.

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