Political Notebook

Kings County website lacked candidate list until The Bee asked

Tuesday is Election Day in California for a handful of communities, including a short list of races in the central San Joaquin Valley.
Tuesday is Election Day in California for a handful of communities, including a short list of races in the central San Joaquin Valley. Associated Press file

A low-key off-year election in the central San Joaquin Valley hasn’t raised much noise – a couple recall elections have garnered the most attention.

But the run-up to Tuesday’s voting was even quieter in Kings County.

There are two contested races on the ballot in the county, both for West Hills Community College District area trustees.

But as of Sunday, there was no information readily apparent about the candidates or the elections on the Kings County election division website, other than a link to look up polling places.

The Bee contacted Kristine Lee, the assessor/clerk-recorder/registrar of voters, and on Monday the candidate list was available online.

Lee noted there’s no legal requirement to post a list of candidates.

Additionally, a voter can access their sample ballot online at the website, Lee said. (It’s available as a click option after typing in a street address in Find Your Polling Place and pressing “submit.”)

She noted that no one from the general public called to complain about the lack of a list of candidates on the website, and anyone could call the office to get the information.

Every other elections department in the Valley has a candidate list on its website – including Kings in previous elections.

The candidates for West Hills Area 4 are incumbent Leonard “Len” Falter, dental hygienist Sophia Aguilar and Navy retiree Bobby C. Lee. In Area 5, which straddles Kings and Fresno counties, the candidates are incumbent Mark McKean and Huron Mayor Sylvia V. Chavez.

Lewis Griswold: 559-441-6104, @fb_LewGriswold

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