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The Area 1 Agency on Aging is pleased to announce the names of the nominees for the California Senior Legislature Assembly Member and Senator seats. Several individuals responded to the Agency’s invitation to seniors to stand for election to represent Northcoast seniors in the California Senior Legislature (CSL). CSL is an organization comprised of 120 senior volunteer members, 60 years of age and older. California senior legislators are elected by their peers and meet annually to develop and prioritize a legislative agenda focusing on issues, concerns and proposals affecting California’s growing senior population

The election for the Senior Assembly Member seat was non-contested. Mary Anderson, Redway resident, will be re-appointed as Senior Assembly Member to represent Humboldt and Del Norte older adults. Senior Assembly Member Anderson, a resident of Southern Humboldt since 1970 and author of two local history books: Backwoods Chronicles and Whatever Happened to the Hippies? currently writes for the Redwood Times and has been serving as the Senior Assembly Member since her appointment in December 2009.

The election for the Senior Senator will involve three nominees: incumbent Jack Alderson, Jan West and Martin LeMasters. Senior Senator Jack Alderson has served as the Senior Senator since his appointment in August 2009. Alderson served over 20 years as the first CEO of the Humboldt Bay Harbor, Recreation and Conservation District and was honored with a Congressional acknowledgement in February 2009 by Representative Mike Thompson for his work on behalf of veterans. Alderson has worked tirelessly at the federal level to establish healthcare and other benefits for Project SHAD veterans.

Martin LeMasters is a resident of Ferndale, has been an active member of the Rotary Club of Southwest Eureka, and served as President of the Concordian-Diablo Rotary in Concord, California.

Jan West is a former kindergarten teacher who recently retired from Trinidad Union School. She has been involved as an active community member for many years and as a legislative advocate, on both the state and national level, for the past decade.

Voting will be conducted through mail-in ballot only. Ballots may be requested beginning April 1 by calling the Area 1 Agency on Aging at (707) 442-3763. All mail-in ballots must be post-marked by May 5, and arrive at the Area 1 Agency on Aging building located at 434 7th Street, Eureka, by 9 a.m. on May 12. Ballots will be counted beginning at 9 a.m. on May 12 and winners will be announced immediately following final ballot counting.

Eligible candidates are welcome to be present at the ballot counting.

For additional information, call the Area 1 Agency on Aging at 442-3763.

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