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Ceres has no local elections on Nov. 2
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Ceres residents will not be making a choice of city council or school board candidates this Nov. 2. It's just one of those years in which there are no local elections.

Voters will be asked to weigh in, however, on a host of congressional and state elections.

Ceres residents will be asked who shall represent them in Congress. Incumbent Democrat Rep. Dennis Cardoza is being challenged by Ceres farmer Michael C. Berryhill in the 18th Congressional District.

Those in Hughson and eastern Stanislaus County will be asked to chose a congressman to replace George Radanovich who is retiring. Republican Jeff Denham and Democrat Loraine Goodwin are in a head-to-head contest.

Ceres voters will have a choice to make in a state Senate race that could take their mayor away from them. Ceres Mayor Anthony Cannella is seeking the 12th Senate District seat being vacated by Denham. Cannella, a Republican, is running against Anna Caballero, who is currently a member of the State Assembly.

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.

The next time the electorate gets to decide on Ceres City Council members is on Nov. 8 2011 when it decides a new mayor, and seats now occupied by Guillermo Ochoa and Bret Durossette.

The next Ceres School Board election is also in November 2011. The terms of trustees Eric Ingwerson, Jim Kinard and Faye Lane will be up for grabs.

State Assemblyman Bill Berryhill of Ceres, will be defending his 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 have to go to the Nov. 2 general election because non managed to attain more than 50 percent of the vote.

Anne DeMartini of the Ceres-Westport area is running unopposed to keep her seat on the Yosemite Community College District board of trustees. She currently occupies the Trustee Area 4 seat.

Hughson Union School District residents will be deciding whether or not to pass a bond. The measure must attain a 55 percent majority for passage.