The campaign fliers keep landing in local mailboxes, but unlike the gubernatorial recall, there aren't dozens of colorful characters angling to seize the office of county district attorney.
"Interestingly enough the deadline for the district attorney candidate filing has already passed, and we had no candidates file,"
said Deva Proto, Sonoma County Clerk-Recorder, Assessor and Registrar of Voters. "So, there will just be a space for a write-in candidate."
For votes to be tallied, such hopefuls must file as official write-in candidates. The period to do so opens Monday and runs through the end of August.
The recall effort against county District Attorney Jill Ravitch is being largely funded by Bill Gallaher, a local developer. Ravitch's office sued an assisted living facility associated with Gallaher after residents were left to fend for themselves during the Tubbs Fire evacuation. Some consider the effort a political grudge.
The recall election, set for the same day as the governor's recall, September 14th, will proceed with or without any official candidates. Voters will face a two questions---should Ravitch be recalled, and who should replace her.
In the unlikely event a majority supports the recall but no official write in emerges, Proto said the county won't be left without a D.A. "I'm not completely sure, but it's my understanding that if nobody had a write in campaign that happened, that the board would appoint," she said.
Ravitch, or her replacement, would serve until her term ends next year.