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Fifth candidate joins City Council race

Sergio Alvarado returns to campaign trail for second time

Fifth candidate joins City Council race

Sergio Alvarado is running for a seat on the Turlock City Council.


POSTED July 22, 2014 6:48 p.m.

United States Postal worker and current Turlock Parks, Arts and Recreation Commissioner Sergio Alvarado has announced his intention to run for Turlock City Council.

“It would be a great honor to serve and represent all the people of Turlock,” Alvarado said. “One of the many things I like about Turlock is the small town atmosphere, despite having a population of nearly 70,000 people, you can go to a business and people know your name.”

Alvarado, 35, has resided in Turlock for the last six years and has been a member of the arts commission since 2012. He was one of the three members of the arts commission to be included in the new Parks, Arts and Recreation Commission when the two entities combined earlier this year.

This is not Alvarado’s first foray into local politics. He ran for City Council in 2012, and says some of the same issues from that race are spurring him to run again.

“I decided to run again because as a fiscal conservative, decisions in the past have been made that didn't make fiscal sense, and I believe I can do a great job with that,” Alvarado said.

Alvarado said he believes some of the key issues facing Turlock right now are water usage, the upcoming road tax proposal on the ballot, district elections, and the ongoing negotiations with the labor unions.

“As a relative outsider, it enables me to make unbiased decisions,” Alvarado said. “You will not see me abstain from a vote due to conflicts of interest.”

Also running for Turlock City Council are Matthew Jacob and Donald Babadalir and incumbents Forrest White and Bill DeHart.

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