2020 Election

Palmdale Mayor Steve Hofbauer will have at least one fewer challenger on Election Day this Nov. 3.

Jalisa Burton, who pulled nomination papers on July 30 to run for mayor, did not return her paperwork by Friday’s deadline.

The other challengers are Councilwoman Laura Bettencourt, Xavier Flores, project director for Pueblo Y Salud; former Palmdale City Councilman Rick Norris; Small business owner Eric Ohlsen; and Tonya Alenna Schofield, according to information provided by the City Clerk’s office.

As of Friday, Hofbauer and Bettencourt qualified for the ballot.

Councilman Austin Bishop, who represents Council District No. 1, will face four challengers on Election Day. They are Coffee 4 Vets President Juan Blanco, Chance McCrary, Eynelis Vinson and Brittany Wyre, who returned her paperwork on Monday.

Mayor Pro Tem Richard Loa qualified for the ballot to retain his seat representing Council District No. 2. Challenger Ollie McCaulley, a Marine Corps veteran and business owner, also qualified for the ballot. Challenger Glenda Clark returned her nomination paperwork on Thursday.

The filing period for Antelope Valley Community College District trustee areas No. 1 and 3, represented by trustees Laura Herman and Lew Stults, respectively, will be extended through 5 p.m. Wednesday because neither incumbent filed nomination paperwork by Friday’s deadline.

As of Friday, the only candidate for Trustee Area No. 1 is former Antelope Valley Union High School District and Keppel Union School District trustee R. Michael Dutton. Attorney and Lancaster Planning Commissioner Rutger Parris pulled nomination papers for Trustee Area No. 3. However, Parris has not yet returned the paperwork, according to the LA County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk, which was still updating information more than two hours past the 5 p.m. Friday deadline.

Acton-Agua Dulce Unified School District Board of Education appointed incumbent Brandon Roque will have one challenger, Chad C. Wadsworth, for the two-year unexpired seat.

Acton-Agua Dulce incumbents Board Clerk Tim Jorgensen and trustee Michael Fox will have one challenger for their seats, assistant general manager Andrew Kendall. Agua Dulce resident Dee Holland pulled nomination papers to challenge them but did not return them by Friday’s deadline.

Two seats are up for election on Antelope Valley Union High School District’s Board of Education: Trustee Area No. 2, represented by Board Clerk Jill McGrady, and the vacant Trustee Area No. 3 seat.

Four candidates pulled nomination papers for Trustee Area No. 2, but only three candidates, including McGrady, returned their candidate paperwork by Friday’s deadline. McGrady’s challengers are veterans affair manager Sandy Carpenter and Miguel Coronado, executive director of Agents of Change. Lancaster resident Antoine Hawkins pulled nomination papers Thursday for the Trustee Area No. 2 seat. However, Hawkins did not return the candidate paperwork by Friday’s deadline.

One potential candidate dropped out the race for the vacant Trustee Area No. 3 seat: Lancaster Museum of Art and History Director Andi Campognone. Campognone did not return her candidate paperwork by Friday’s deadline. That leaves former trustee Donita Winn, adjunct professor Christian Green, retired administrative judge Dana LaMon and businessman Robert Teller in the race.

The nomination filing deadline for Eastside Union School District Trustee Area No. 2 seat will be extended through 5 p.m. Wednesday after longtime trustee Peggy Foster did not seek reelection. Board President Joseph “Joe” Pincetich, who represents Trustee Area No. 4, filed papers to retain his seat. Pincetich will retain his seat automatically without his name appearing on the ballot due to an insufficient number of candidates.

No one filed nomination papers by Friday’s deadline to challenge Hughes-Elizabeth Lakes Union School District appointed incumbents Wise Nadjib and Jim Wall. Nadjib and Wall will win the election automatically without their names appearing on the ballot, since no one filed nomination papers to challenge them.

Keppel Union School District will have an extended nomination period for one seat after longtime trustee Matthew Gaines did not seek reelection. Board President Dominique Ballante filed her paperwork on July 31. Artist, parent, and Pearblossom Rural Town Council President Christopher Minsal filed nomination papers for the Board.

No one filed nomination papers to challenge Lancaster School District Board trustees Keith Giles, who represents Trustee Area No. 1, and Greg Tepe, who represents Trustee Area No. 3. They will win the election automatically due to an insufficient number of candidates.

Palmdale School District Board President Dennis Trujillo and trustee Sharon Vega will have four challengers on Election Day: community services advocate Marcos T. Alvarez, nonprofit president Erika G. Alverdi, emergency medical technician Enaya Hanbali, and educator Anthony L. Hunt.

It appears Westside Union School District will also avoid the cost of an election. Incumbents Steve DeMarzio and Chris Grado filed their nomination papers. Challenger Jamie Henderson, who pulled nomination papers Wednesday, did not return them by Friday’s deadline. Wilsona School District trustees Vladimir Gomez and Victoria Green will win the election automatically without their names appearing on the ballot due to an insufficient number of candidates.

The filing period for Palmdale Water District Division 1 seat will be extended through 5 p.m. Wednesday. Assistant Secretary Robert Alvarado did not seek reelection to the Board.

Palmdale Water District Board Vice President Kathy Mac Laren, who represents Division 4, filed her nomination papers. Board Treasurer Gloria Dizmang, who represents Division 3, also filed nomination papers. Mac Laren and Dizmang will win reelection automatically without their names appearing on the ballot due to an insufficient number of candidates.

Antelope Valley Healthcare District Board of Directors Chairman Abdallah Farrukh, Second Vice Chairman Mateo Olivarez, and Treasurer Kristina Hong will have two challengers: retired hospital worker Michael Rives and business owner Kevin Von Tungeln.

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