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Candidates set for November elections

Some races still seeking contenders

Candidates set for November elections

Although the Turlock Unified School District Board of Trustees election is still four months away, signs for candidates are already seen around town.

POSTED August 7, 2009 10:57 p.m.
As the clock struck 4 p.m. on Friday, the candidate filing deadline for the Nov. 3 Consolidated District Election drew to a close and the fields were set for the upcoming elections.
Except for the five local races in which incumbents elected not to seek another term, that is.
Turlock Irrigation District Division 3 Director Michael Berryhill Sr., TID Division 5 Director Randy Fiorini, Chatom Union School District Board Member Karen Macedo, Keyes Union School District Governing Board Member Marianne Pietrzyk, and all three incumbent Denair Municipal Advisory Council Members did not file papers to enter the Nov. 3 election.
Not a single person has yet filed for the Denair MAC election.
Under California law, the filing deadline for the five local races in which incumbents are not seeking reelection is now extended until 5 p.m. on Aug. 12. Any potential candidate can submit paperwork to run for office until that date, except for incumbents who failed to file by Friday’s deadline.
According to Stanislaus County Clerk-Recorder Lee Lundrigan, the law was developed to give those who would have been concerned about running against powerful incumbents to enter what are now wide-open races.
To be eligible for office, candidates must be registered Stanislaus County voters and residents of the district in which they wish to file. Other restrictions may apply on a race-by-race basis.
While several races are still seeking candidates, a few elections are already decided.
TID Division 2 Director Charles Fernandes, Denair Community Service District Directors Donald George Smith Jr. and Diedre Thomas, Keyes Community Service District Directors Henry Benavides, Harinder Grewal, and Davie Landers Jr., and Keyes Municipal Advisory Council Members Harinder Grewal and Karen Poppen will all be running unopposed in November.
While elections will still be held, each of the aforementioned persons has effectively already secured their seats.
For more information on the Nov. 3 elections, visit or call the County Clerk-Recorder’s Office at 525-5200. Spanish speakers can contact the Clerk-Recorder’s Office at 525-5230.
To vote in the Nov. 3 election, Stanislaus County residents must be United States citizens, not in prison or on parole for conviction of a felony, at least 18 years of age on Nov. 3 and be registered to vote by Oct. 19.
To contact Alex Cantatore, e-mail or call 634-9141 ext. 2005.

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