The Presidential election will mean thousands riveted to their TV sets as results come in election evening. Locally, a judgeship and several school board seats are at stake, along with school bond measures in both Inyo and Mono.
Election departments in both counties confirm that voter registration was brisk this time around. Inyo County reported heavy registration in a short period of time prior to the October 20th deadline. Mail-in ballots are also coming in heavily in both counties.
In Inyo, incumbent Superior Court Judge Brian Lamb and challenger Tom Hardy battle it out for that position. Hardy supporters have said that Judge Lamb fails to make timely decisions. Lamb maintains he takes the time needed for just rulings.
Bishop Elementary School Board includes a race. Three seats are available on the board with four candidates – Incumbents Taema Weiss and Linda Arnold, plus challengers Larry Clark and Trina Orrill.
In Lone Pine, two seats are up for election on the school board with four candidates – Incumbents Sandy Langley and Cathy George, plus challengers Leroy Kritz and Matt Kingsley.
Also in Lone Pine, one seat is available on the Hospital Board. Two candidates will try for that – Judith Fowler and Leroy Kritz.
In Independence, three candidates will automatically assume roles on the Owens Valley School Board with two vacancies remaining. These people will sit on the board by appointment – Barbara Southey, Aldene Felton and Sandra Anderson.
In Mono County, a hotly contested supervisorial race between incumbent Vikki Bauer and challenger Dorothy Burdette.
Two seats are up for election on the Mammoth School Board with three candidates running. They are Jack Farrell, Gloria Vasquez and John Trujillo.
Two school bond measures go before voters. In Mammoth Lakes, Measure K would extend the current bond measure and pay for new school buildings.
In Bishop, Measure A would also raise money through bond sales to improve schools facilities.