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Posted: February 12, 2008 12:23 p.m.
Updated: April 14, 2008 2:01 a.m.
One election down, three more to go.

While the Chinese dubbed 2008 the Year of the Rat, this year might as well be the Year of the Election in the United States.
There is no rest for the voter this year. Less than one week after California held its Presidential Primary Elections, the nomination period for the state's June Primary Election officially opened on Monday. The June 3 vote will be the third election this year, following the Feb. 5 Presidential Primary and the Santa Clarita City Council election on April 8.
According to acting Registrar-Recorder and County Clerk Dean Logan, all persons intending to run for office in the June 3 Primary election have until March 7 to file nomination papers.
Three local candidates will be seeking re-election on the June ballot - encompassing three levels of government. On the federal level, Congressman Howard "Buck" McKeon will be running to maintain his seat in the 25th Congressional District, while Assemblyman Cameron Smyth will be seeking his second term in the state Legislature representing California's 38th Assembly District.
County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich is one of three board members to be up for election in June, as he seeks to maintain his seat representing the county's fifth supervisorial district.
Antonovich, who has served on the Board of Supervisors since 1980, is seeking another term to continue working on public safety.
"We need to ensure our communities are safe and public safety has the resources to protect and serve," said Antonovich. "We will also continue expanding our Fire Department's ground and air support to ensure they provide quality service. We've done extremely well in making sure that the Fire Department and public have everything they need."
The June election is a primary election for all three candidates. Should each win in June, they will secure the Republican nomination and run against the Democratic nominee for their respective office in the General Election on Nov. 4.
"I enjoy the campaign process," said Smyth, who filed his papers on Monday. "It's important for legislators to visit their districts, connect with the voters and tell them why they should vote for us."
Candidates who wish to enter June's primary election can register to receive official nomination filing documents in person, by mail or online at Candidates wishing to obtain nomination filing documents in person can do so at the Registrar's office at 12400 Imperial Highway, Norwalk, Election Information Section, second floor, room 2013.
Contact the Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk's Election Planning Section at (562) 462-2317 for further information about the


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