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Election 2020: Citrus Heights mayor won’t seek another term

File photo, Jeff Slowey comments during an Oct. 26, 2017, council meeting. // Metro Cable

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Jeff Slowey, who is currently serving as mayor of Citrus Heights, was not among the names of candidates who filed by the Aug. 7 deadline to run for City Council this year.

Slowey confirmed with The Sentinel on Friday his decision not to run for another four-year term on the City Council, saying that 17 years on the council “is enough.” He first joined the council in 2003, when he was appointed to fill the remaining term of the late Bill Hughes, who died while in office.

In the city’s first-ever election by council district this year, Slowey would have faced current Councilman Bret Daniels for the newly created District 1 seat in the northwestern area of the city.

New Citrus Heights district map ensures one councilman gets booted in 2020

When the council first adopted the new district maps for Citrus Heights last year it was unclear whether both Slowey and Daniels would run for re-election. Slowey had said he was “leaning towards running,” while Daniels said he was looking forward “to a spirited contest.”

Normally, when an incumbent does not file, the deadline to file to run for office is extended. However, the City Clerk’s Office confirmed the deadline has not been extended due to the unusual circumstances of this year’s transition to district elections.

“With switching to District elections, current councilmembers are not considered incumbents for the purpose of extending the nomination period as they were elected at-large,” said City Clerk Amy Van in an email. “We currently do not have any councilmembers that have been elected by Districts to represent a District. Therefore, the nomination period will not be extended.”

Daniels will still face a challenger this year for the District 1 seat. Nicole Castor, who currently serves as a legislative advocate with the Green Party of Sacramento County, submitted papers and qualified to run for the seat on Friday.

The new district map for Citrus Heights splits the city into five voting districts, with each council member being elected to represent their own area of the city — rather than being elected at-large by all voters in the city as in the past. Two districts are up for election in 2020, while the remaining three districts — represented by Councilwoman Porsche Middleton, Mayor Jeannie Bruins, and Councilman Steve Miller — won’t be up for election until 2022.

District 3, the other area up for election this year, is an open seat created by the new map. Planning Commissioner Tim Schaefer and newcomer Thomas Goetz are the only two candidates who qualified for the race.

Kevin Miles Jr. also filed papers to run for the District 3 seat, but his petition did not qualify, according to the City Clerk’s website. A sixth potential candidate, Allison Sanchez, also pulled papers to run for the District 1 seat, but she did not end up filing the papers.

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