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City Council ballot set

POSTED August 10, 2012 7:47 p.m.

The filing deadline for the Nov. 6 Turlock City Council Election passed quietly Friday, with only the four previously announced candidates completing the process to be listed on the ballot.
Incumbent Turlock City Council members Amy Bublak and Mary Jackson will be joined on the ballot by Steven Nascimento, a current Turlock Parks, Recreation, and Facilities commissioner, and Sergio Alvarado, who works for the U.S. Postal Service, in the campaign for the two seats currently held by Jackson and Bublak.
A fifth candidate, Ashour Badal, the Associate Dean of Extended Education at California State University, Stanislaus, pulled nomination papers on July 20, but announced Friday he will not compete in the election.
"This has been an exciting time for me and my family," Badal said. "However, after much soul searching and consideration of all factors in my life today, and in consultation with my supporters, I have decided to not pursue (a) Turlock City Council seat at this time.
"This was not an easy decision for me, especially after receiving an overwhelming level of support from many of my constituents in Turlock and beyond."
Badal said that, though he will not run, he will work harder than ever to improve the economy, safety, and quality of life in Turlock.
"There is certainly much work ahead of us," Badal said.
Following Badal's decision not to run, the four candidates who will be on the Nov. 6 ballot, competing for two Turlock City Council Seats, are:
• Amy Bublak, incumbent Turlock City Councilmember since 2008, and a Modesto Police officer. Jackson has advocated for public safety and fiscal restraint during her tenure on the council. In her first term, Bublak led the initiative to create the Turlock Partnership Incentives program, an effort which offers new businesses cash incentives to open in Turlock, and successfully campaigned to bring the NCAA Division II Outdoor Track and Field Championship to California State University, Stanislaus. Bublak said, if reelected, she will provide strong leadership focused on maintaining quality of life, public safety, and fiscal management.
• Mary Jackson, an incumbent council member first elected in 2008 alongside Bublak. Jackson has been an advocate for the arts and recreation, led the campaign for the return of the Turlock Farmers' Market, and today serves as council's representative to the Stanislaus Council of Governments. She said she will continue to advocate public safety, economic development and smart growth, protecting farmland and not building homes west of Highway 99, and open, transparent, fiscally responsible government.
• Steven Nascimento, current Turlock Parks, Recreation, and Facilities commissioner and the district director for State Sen. Anthony Cannella (R - Ceres). He said he would bring his experience in dealing with the complicated world of government to the post, along with planning expertise from a stint as a planner with the City of Modesto. He said he would work to maintain Turlock's quality of life by supporting public safety, the arts, downtown businesses, and parks and recreation programs.
• Sergio Alvarado, a Turlock resident who works for the U.S. Postal Service in Livingston. Alvarado said he is committed to a clean, grass-roots campaign. He hopes to maintain Turlock's small-town feel and charm, and has previously spoken in support of placing "In God We Trust" in City Hall and retaining a prayer invocation before council meetings. Alvarado has opposed big-box stores, population growth, the hiring of City Manager Roy Wasden, and new taxes to rebuild Turlock's roads.
Incumbent City Treasurer Diana Lewis was the only candidate to apply for that position.

 

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