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Early candidates throw their hats into the political ring
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With the candidate filing period for the Statewide Primary Election a month away, potential candidates are announcing their intentions to run for local office.
Teri Murrison, Tuolumne County supervisor, announced her intent to run for the 25th District State Assembly Seat. Incumbent Tom Berryhill announced last month that he will look to take the 14th Senate District seat of first-term State Senator Dave Cogdill (R-Modesto), who announced last month he would not seek reelection.
Murrison joins two other candidates with local governmental experience in the race for State Assembly. Modesto City Councilwoman Kristin Olsen and Janice Keating, a former Modesto councilwoman, have both announced their intentions to run for the 25th District Sate Assembly seat in the June 8 Republican Primary.
State Senator Jeff Denham will not run as an incumbent for the 12th district state senate seat. Instead he announced his bid for the U.S. Congress 19th District seat currently held by George Radanovich, who has announced that he will not run for re-election. This latest bid by Denham follows earlier announcements of his candidacy for Lieutenant Governor, then State Assembly.
Turlock Police Captain Rob Jackson will run against incumbent Sheriff Adam Christianson for the Stanislaus County Sheriff position. He gained the support of the Stanislaus Sworn Deputies Association at a recent candidate forum.
Although this year is not a presidential election year, there will be many top California government positions open for election. The California Governor, Lieutenant Governor, State Attorney General, and Secretary of State positions are all up for election this year. In addition, U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer, Congressman Dennis Cardoza, and Congressman George Radanovich’s seats are all up for election in Nov.
The Turlock local elections will coincide with the Nov. 2 Statewide General Elections. Mayor John Lazar’s term is up this November, and Councilmembers Ted Howze and Kurt Spycher’s seats are also up for election. As of press time, there were no official announcements of candidacy for any local seats.
Official candidate filing for the June 8 Primary Elections opens Feb. 16 and closes March 12. Filing for Statewide General Elections, including local non-partisan seats, is open from July 12 to Aug. 6.
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