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Last chance to file for open races in November election
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The candidate nomination period closed Friday for the Nov. 7 election but the lack of incumbents in some races has left 26 open – until today.

Still open are:

• The seat for Stanislaus County Board of Education trustee area 5, which includes portions of Ceres, Chatom, Modesto Elementary and Newman-Crows Landing areas. The race has attracted candidates in Juan Pablo Vazquez of Ceres and Chinyere Nnondm Jack. Incumbent Bob Vizzolini did not file for re-election and thus the candidate nomination is extended until today. Kim Rose is the lone candidate thus far for Area 1 and Alice J. Pollard for Area 2.

• Two seats on the Denair Unified School District Board of Trustees. Four candidates have already thrown their hats into the ring: Crystal Sousa, Charles Asbill, Tina Gresio and Regina Gomes.

• Three seats on the Gratton School District Board of Trustees. The race includes candidates George Tavernas, Phillip Wagner and Keith Coonce.

• The Denair Community Services District has two seats open and only one candidate, Ron Richardson, running as of Tuesday.

• The Keyes Community Service District race is for three seats, with incumbents Eddie Jones and William Alexander running alongside challenger Tim Robertson.

• The Denair Municipal Advisory Council race has three seats open with incumbents Billy Myers and James Brugger the only candidates registered so far.

There are 130 positions up for election on Nov. 7. The voters of Stanislaus County will also be deciding on extending the eighth-cent sales tax for libraries in Measure S.

Also open this November are:

• Four seats on the Chatom Union School Board;

• Two seats on the Keyes Municipal Advisory Council (MAC); and

• Three seats on the Turlock Irrigation District board.

Two candidates will vie for the Chatom Union School Board seat to represent Area 2 — Rodney Machado and Ryan Blount. Rob Santos is the sole candidate for Chatom’s Area 1 and Area 4 incumbent Karen Macedo and Area 5 incumbent Anthony Avila are also running unopposed.

Two candidates materialized for the two open seats on the Keyes MAC. They are incumbents Mario Amaya and Harinder Grewal. They will be appointed in lieu of an election.

Three seats were up for grabs on the Turlock Irrigation District board of directors. In each of those races only the incumbents have filed as candidates. They are Division 2 Director Charles Fernandes, Division 3 Director Joe Alamo and Division 5 Director Ronald Macedo of Turlock. Without opponents, Fernandes, Alamo and Macedo will be appointed by the Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors.

The Clerk Recorder & Registrar of Voters website is posting a daily revision of the list of candidates who file their nomination documents with the County Registrar of Voters official. This unofficial list can be viewed at under “Candidates/measures.” The November election will include municipal elections for the city of Modesto as well as various school and special districts.