Election Update: New Judge Candidate

Inyo-Mono elections officials now struggle with complex rules and new ways of conducting elections in the wake of de-certification of all voting computers. The February 5th Presidential Primary holds complications and challenges. Meanwhile, some developments on the local election scene.

Bishop attorney Tom Hardy has taken out petitions in lieu of filing fees to challenge Superior Court Judge Brian Lamb. Lamb has also taken out petitions to run.

Hardy has practiced law in Inyo for a number of years. He began as a private practice attorney and then accepted a job in the Inyo District Attorney’s office. He stepped forward to run for Judge in the last judgeship election but withdrew and pursued activities as a chef. He later returned to law.

Hardy also sits on the City of Bishop Planning Commission and operates a private practice in Bishop. Citizens could be seen gathering signatures for Hardy during the recent Foundation for Excellence dinner in Bishop.

Judge Lamb has now served in Inyo Superior Court for some 5 years.

In other election news, the three incumbent Inyo Supervisors took out petitions. They are Susan Cash, Jim Bilyeu and Richard Cervantes. Challengers to Bilyeu have taken out papers – Butch Hambleton and more recently Marty Fortney. Bill Wenzel of Lone Pine will apparently challenge Richard Cervantes.

In Mono County, Elections Official Christy Robles said that she sent out forms to a couple of people, but said she had no names to reveal. The period for candidates to declare they will run for office starts February 11th.

Elections officials have purchased a lot more equipment with which to conduct the February 5th election – optical scanners and paper ballots. Touch screen voting machines will be made available to the handicapped at polling places.

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