With up to three weeks left before the filing deadline, there's been moderate interest in the seats on Oakley's city council and some far East Contra Costa school boards that are up for grabs in November.
Since July 16 -- the first date candidates could file nomination papers -- Oakley Mayor Kevin Romick and business owner Doug Hardcastle have taken out -- though not yet filed -- papers for two of the three council seats set to expire this year. Romick is running for a third term; Hardcastle, who owns a recreational vehicle service and equipment center in Oakley, is on the Ironhouse Sanitary District board of directors.
Council members Pat Anderson and Jim Frazier also are finishing their terms.
In the Liberty Union High School District, trustee Ray Valverde has filed papers for re-election to one of the two seats available.
Among the three Knightsen School District incumbents whose seats are expiring, two-term board member Frank Dell and would-be newcomer Thomas Baldocchi, a lifelong Knightsen resident and parent of students in the district, have picked up papers.
The terms of Dell and fellow Knightsen trustees Barbara Cecchini and Dorothy Walter are drawing to a close.
In the Oakley Union Elementary district, Alberto Gomez has filed papers to run for the remaining two years left on the seat currently held by Arthur Fernandez, who was appointed to fill a vacancy in March 2011.
The four-year seats of board members
No one in Byron Union School District has publicly expressed yet in running for the two seats currently held by appointees Bobbi Nugent and Kenneth Silman.
If no one has filed to run for a particular seat by Aug. 10, the deadline will be extended to Aug. 15.
Contact Rowena Coetsee at 925-779-7141.