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Former teacher joins race for mayor

Former teacher joins race for mayor

Ed Brault

POSTED April 3, 2014 5:40 p.m.

Although Mayor John Lazar has opted to forego a third term as Mayor with his recent announcement to drop out of this year’s election, Turlock citizens will still have two candidates to choose from when marking their ballots in November as retired teacher, Ed Brault, 85, joins the race with Turlock farmer Gary Soiseth.

According to City Clerk records, Brault filed his candidate intention statement with the City of Turlock on March 24, just days before Mayor Lazar announced he would not be seeking reelection. Unlike Soiseth, however, Brault has yet to file campaign organization forms with the City and has not launched any public campaigns to garner support.

Living in Turlock for over 50 years, Brault has been fairly involved within the local community, having served as the first president and chartering member of the Turlock Classified American Federation of Teachers Local 2424 union in 1973. TCAFT has credited Brault for heightening interest in the organization during its early days through writing the organization’s newsletter, “The Roaring Mouse” and for continuing to offer help and advice to former TCAFT President Jim Biever when membership saw a sharp decline.

While Brault declined to comment on his decision to run for Mayor, Soiseth says he looks forward to hopefully working alongside Brault to help address the issues facing Turlock.

“I did not look at the field of potential candidates when I made my decision to run for mayor,” said Soiseth. “As Mr. Brault has mentioned, I have the right background to tackle Turlock’s longstanding challenges. I look forward to a healthy discussion of the issues with anyone that jumps into the race, and will be reaching out to talk to Mr. Brault about how we can work together to move our city forward…I have a clear and bold vision for the city that is resonating with the community, and I look forward to explaining my vision in greater depth throughout the campaign”

Soiseth – whose diverse background additionally includes working in Afghanistan on agriculture development, teaching at California State University, Stanislaus, and advising Modesto Irrigation District on water and energy policy – also responded to Lazar’s decision to drop from the race earlier this week, wishing him well and congratulating him for his many years of serving Turlock.

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