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TID incumbents keep board seats

POSTED November 5, 2013 10:47 p.m.

Following a heated race for seats on the Turlock Irrigation District Board of Directors, incumbents Joe Alamo and Ron Macedo have been named victorious.

 As of 10:08 p.m. on Tuesday, Alamo beat out opponent Daniel Agundez, a retired PG&E electric supervisor, with a total of 820 votes for the Division 3 seat. Agundez trailed behind with 469 votes.

As a self-employed dairyman and agribusinessman, Alamo has served on the TID Board of Directors since first being elected in 2009. With a Bachelor’s degree in Agribusiness from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, Alamo has remained involved in matters surrounding agriculture, having been involved with the Central Counties Dairy Herd Improvement Association. He is also a member of the Western United Dairymen, the Stanislaus County Farm Bureau, and serves as a representative on both the district’s Drinking Water and the Pension Investment committees.

“Things are looking pretty good so far,” said Alamo, as he watched the results come in. “I want to thank all of my supporters for their votes of confidence in keeping me on the Board for four more years. I’ll continue to fight to keep rates low and to keep our water here in our district.”

For Division 5, Macedo came out triumphant, having conquered opponent Darrel Monroe, a retired irrigation worker, with a total of 396 votes in Stanislaus County as of late Tuesday evening, while Monroe pulled in 271 votes.

Born and raised in Turlock, Macedo has been serving on the TID Board of Directors, where he is currently vice-president, since 2009. Also serving as a director for the Stanislaus County Fair Board, Macedo has been involved with numerous agricultural organizations, including the Stanislaus County Farm Bureau, and the California Farm Bureau Federation. As a farmer and owner of R.A.M. Farms in Turlock, Macedo currently serves as a representative on both the district’s Facilities and Irrigation committees.

Macedo could not be reached for comment following the election results.

During their campaigns, both Macedo and Alamo expressed the importance of focusing on the district’s relicensing process of the Don Pedro Dam, and keeping water and power rates both affordable and reliable for customers.



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