The Rancho Santa Fe Post

Multiple RSF Residents File to Run in General Election Races

*Note: Mr. David G. Petree (Business Executive) also returned papers and qualified to run for the Division 2 seat. The article has been updated to reflect this. 

Several offices in Rancho Santa Fe are up for election on November 8 including the RSF School District Board, Fire Protection District, Community Services District, and the Santa Fe Irrigation District. Below is a list of the candidates running for each position (those who filed by August 12) and important dates for voters to be aware of.

Rancho Santa Fe School District Board:

Three seats on the RSF School District Board of Trustees are up for election.

There are six candidates running for the RSF School Board including incumbent and Board President Tyler Seltzer and newly appointed incumbent Scott Kahn. The other candidates who filed by August 12 include Business Owner Christopher Blatt, Businesswoman Elise Dufresene, Bank Director Kyle Jones, and Technology Entrepreneur Jee Manghani.

RSF Fire Protection District:

The Rancho Santa Fe Fire Protection District has three incumbent positions up for election.

Jim Ashcraft, Nancy Hillgren, and Randall Malin are the incumbent candidates running in November. No other candidates filed to run for the Fire Protection District.

RSF Community Services District:

Douglas William Moul and Deborah A. Plummer are incumbent Board members running for re-election. No candidates have filed to run against the incumbents.

Santa Fe Irrigation District:

Santa Fe Irrigation District Division 1 and 2 are up for election.

This year, Division 1 Board Director, Greg Grudzdowich, will not be running for re-election. There are two candidates who filed to compete in November by the August 12 candidate-filing deadline. Financial manager Derek Clotfelter, and engineer Kenneth Dunford, will compete for Grudzdowich’s open seat.

There is one seat open in Division 2 and two candidates, real estate broker Robert Feher and business executive David G. Petree, will appear on the November 8 ballot. 


Write-in candidates will be accepted starting on September 12, 57 days before the election. October 25 is the last day for write-in candidates to be accepted.

The San Diego County Registrar of Voters will begin to mail out sample ballots and voter information pamphlets with specific polling places between September 28 and October 28.

October 24 is the last day to register to vote in the November 8 General Election. Check your registration status here. Polls will be open from 7am to 8pm. Those elected to public office will start their terms on November 25, 2016.