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Ceres could lose mayor in Tuesday's Senate race
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Ceres voters will be deciding on a new governor, congressman and a new state senator in Tuesday's election but the outcome of the 12th Senate district race could also affect government at home. Should Anthony Cannella prevail over Democrat Anna Caballero, the city of Ceres will need to appoint a new mayor in his place.

The Ceres mayor, a Republican, and Caballero, the former mayor of Salinas and a member of the state Assembly, are in one of the most hotly contested races in the state. Republicans would like the seat to remain Republican as Jeff Denham has to step aside due to term limits. Denham is running for Congress in the 19th District now occupied by George Radanovich.

If Cannella loses his bid to join the state Legislature, he retains his seat until November 2011. If he wins, Cannella will have to vacate his mayoral term, which would be filled by one of the four remaining councilmembers. The council would then have to make an appointment or order an election to fill the fifth council seat.

Early indications among the council are that Cannella would be replaced by Councilman Chris Vierra whose city council terms expires in November 2013.

In the 18th Congressional District contest, incumbent Rep. Dennis Cardoza, D-Merced, is defending his seat against Ceres Republican Mike Berryhill.

Berryhill's nephew, state Assemblyman Bill Berryhill, a Ceres High School graduate, is running for the 26th Assembly District seat against Democrat Tim Weintz Sr.

Stanislaus County voters will be decided between two run-off candidates for the Superior Court judge slot. Shawn D. Bessey and Nancy Williamsen go to the Nov. 2 general election because neither managed to attain more than 50 percent of the vote in June.

Voters in Hughson will be deciding on a new mayor. Ramon Bawanan is running unopposed. Two council seats are being sought by George Carr, Billy Gonzales, Matt Beekman and Miguel Oseguera.

Hughson will also be deciding on the fate of Measure H, a $20 million bond measure put forth by the Hughson Unified School District.

The election also includes a decision on whether Jerry Brown or Meg Whitman will be California's next governor. Also whether Barbara Boxer keeps her U.S. Senate seat over Republican challenger Carly Fiorina.

Legalization of marijuara is one of the state propositions.