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It's shaping up to be a boring city election

POSTED August 8, 2007 10:19 a.m.
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With Friday being the deadline to run for office in the Nov. 6 general election, it's looking like a sleeper of a municipal election.

Only the three incumbents sitting on the Ceres City Council have filed their nomination papers.

Mayor Anthony Cannella, and council members Rob Phipps and Guillermo Ochoa are all candidates with no opposition as of yesterday. That could change as papers are still in the hands of potential candidates David Rexford, Michael Kline and Lonnie Davis. Davis said last week he won't run and Rexford said he is 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 Friday. 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 candidates

In the Ceres Unified School District board of trustees race, six candidates have evolved for three open seats.

Donald McKim and retired teacher Jimmie Kinard threw their hats in the ring last week. They join incumbents Diane Sol, Yvette Nunes and Eric Ingwerson and challenger Faye Lane, a retired Ceres school secretary.

Races in Keyes, Hughson

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. Declared as candidates for those seats are Alexander and Landers and challengers Henry Benavides and Harinder Grewal.

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. William Alexander and Harinder Grewal are also running for the positions.

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.

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. The lone candidate as of Tuesday was businessman John Kilcoyne.

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. He was unopposed as of Tuesday.

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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