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Davis says he is not interested in council run

POSTED August 1, 2007 9:58 a.m.
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Lonnie Davis will not be a candidate for Ceres City Council.

The owner of Davis Guest Home had picked up nomination papers but decided against a run. Davis suggested he might run as a way of serving the community but after mulling it over decided that "I already serve the community."

Becoming official candidates for the Nov. 6 city election are all three imcumbents - Mayor Anthony Cannella, and council members Rob Phipps and Guillermo Ochoa.

Other potential candidates who pulled papers but have not returned them as of Monday are David Rexford and Michael Kline. Rexford said he is now leaning toward not running.

For the first time ever in Ceres' history, voters will be electing a mayor to a four-year rather than two-year term. Voters doubled the length of the term by passing Measure V in the 2006 election.

Ceres voters will also be filling the office of city treasurer, now occupied by Albert Avila.

The nomination period to run for office closes at 5 p.m. on August 10. Nomination papers will be available between those dates at City Hall and must be signed by at least 20 registered voters to be declared valid.

School board elections

The three incumbents on the Ceres Unified School District board of trustees whose seats are open on Nov. 6 have all filed for re-election. Diane Sol, Yvette Nunes and Eric Ingwerson have all declared themselves candidates at the county Elections Office. Also a candidate is retired school secretary Faye Lane.

Other races

An obscure board that oversees fire services around Ceres but not in the city limits, the Ceres Fire Protection District, has two expiring seats - that of Jerry Hancock and Harlen E. Smith.

The seats of Mark E. Harman and James Hudelson on the Hughson Unified School District Board of Trustees are open. Harman and Hudelson were the only candidates as of Tuesday.

Hughson Fire Protection District board members Ken Voss, Richard Camagna and Doug Humphreys see an end to their terms at year's end. They may seek re-election.

In Keyes three seats on the Keyes Municipal Advisory Council (MAC) will be expiring this year. Those seats are presently filled by William Henry Alexander, Davie Landers Jr. and Jeff Reed.

Sandra Marchant and Bob Edwards have both filed for re-election on the Keyes School Board. Also a candidate is county agricultural inspector Harinder Grewal.

Incumbent Marianne Pietrzyk has filed her candidacy for the short term. Competing against her is Henry Benavides.

Also expiring in November are the terms of Sidney Moon and Curtis Snell on the Keyes Community Services District.

The small Monterey Park Tract Community Services District in rural Ceres has two seats open this year, that of Sebastian Jones and David McNeir.

The Westport Fire Protection District has three seats expiring this year. They are occuped by Greg Nunes, Mike Evans and Norval Pimmentel.

Turlock Irrigation District residents in Division 1 in the Hughson area will be going to the polls to decide on a trustee. Phil Short has occupied that seat for numerous years and has filed his candidacy for re-election.

Those who wish to register or re-register for the Nov. 6 electon may obtain a form from a number of locations, including the Ceres Library or the Ceres Post Office. Requests for absentee ballots may be done as early as 60 days prior to the electon. Absentee voter ballots may be requested by phone at the Elections Division, 525-5200, or by going online at stanvote.com.

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