Several county commissioner, school board and state legislative candidates have filed so far this week for Orange County’s 2016 campaign season.
The filing season runs through noon Dec. 21. The 2016 primary will be held March 15.
Incumbent Commissioners Mark Dorosin and Penny Rich will be seeking re-election in District 1, which covers the county’s southern half, while incumbent Commissioner Renee Price has filed for a second term in District 2 in northern Orange County.
There are four seats on the commissioners’ ballot this year; Commissioners Vice Chairwoman Bernadette Pelissier has announced she will retire when her term expires next year.
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Three newcomers are planning to seek a commissioners seat next year, including 2014 candidate Bonnie Hauser, home builder Mark Marcoplos and Matt Hughes, chairman of the Orange County Democratic Party. None have filed yet with the Orange County Board of Elections.
Other candidates filing this week are:
▪ Orange County School Board: Incumbents Stephen Halkiotis and Tony McKnight have filed. There are four seats on the ballot, including a two-year unexpired term for the seat formerly held by Rosa Williams and, most recently, Debbie Piscitelli.
▪ District 23: state Sen. Valerie Foushee filed for re-election; she was appointed to the seat in 2013 when former state Sen. Ellie Kinnaird resigned
▪ District 56: state House Rep. Verla Insko is seeking her 11th term in office
No candidates have filed yet for the state House District 50 seat held by Rep. Graig Meyer, who was appointed to the seat in 2013, replacing Foushee, and re-elected in 2014.
A county soil and water district supervisor seat also is on the 2016 ballot.