LAKE COUNTY, Calif (December 17, 2019) – The Lake County Board of Supervisors is pleased to announce they have agreed to appoint Maria Valadez Registrar of Voters, to be effective following the March 2020 Presidential Primary Election.
“Certainly, no one could be more qualified to respond to the needs of Lake County’s eligible voters in the years to come,” affirms Carol Huchingson, County Administrative Officer. “Maria previously served Lake County voters for nearly thirty years, including terms as Deputy and Interim Registrar of Voters. She has a unique understanding of the needs of Lake County’s diverse communities, and we are truly excited she has agreed to return to service with the County of Lake.”
“Over the past several weeks, we weighed a number of possibilities,” notes Tina Scott, Chair of the Board of Supervisors. “Once it became apparent Maria may be willing to return, she was clearly the best choice as long-term Registrar of Voters. Maria has demonstrated a willingness to rise to the considerable workload surrounding election cycles, and make sacrifices to ensure the work is done at a highly professional standard.”
Concludes Scott, “Lake County’s voters must have a high degree of confidence in local elections, and we are fortunate our existing staff is gaining experience and growing in their capacity. Their efforts in the face of the many recent changes of leadership have been truly extraordinary. Adding a leader of Maria’s experience will accelerate their growth, and that is exciting for the future of elections in Lake County.”
Valadez’ appointment as Registrar of Voters is effective April 1, 2020. As previously reported by local media, retired long-time Registrar Diane Fridley has agreed to serve as Interim Registrar until Valadez is free to return. Fridley’s appointment began Wednesday, December 11.
Please join in celebrating Maria Valadez’ return to County service!