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Forum to draw hopefuls together
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Candidates for Ceres City Council and the Ceres Unified School District Board of Trustees will be available for voter inspection during a Tuesday, Sept. 20 candidates' forum sponsored by the Latino Community Roundtable.

The event will be held from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Ceres Community Center, 2701 Fourth Street, Ceres. There will be room for about 150 persons in the City Council Chambers.

Yamilet Valladolid, event organizer, said the forum is scheduled so that her group can formulate endorsements but noted "I really want to open it to the public. The main purpose is so the public can meet the candidates."

"I'd rather have more of the residents of Ceres than the people who are going to be doing the endorsements," said Valladolid.

Refreshments will be served.

The group is fielding questions for the candidates from the public. Persons who wish to pose questions may email Valladolid at for possible inclusion in the League of Women Voters forum format.

The hastily prepared event had drawn three confirmations yesterday and a regret from at least one, council candidate Linda Ryno.

Chris Vierra is unopposed for a four-year mayoral term.

Council members Bret Durossette and Guillermo Ochoa are seeking re-election for four-year seats. They are being challenged by Mike Kline and Daniel Padilla.

A two-year council seat which has been held vacant this year, has attracted interest from four candidates - Ryno, Eric Ingwerson and Hugo Molina.

Harry Herbert is unopposed for city treasurer.

CUSD voters will be deciding who fills three seats currently filled by Faye Lane and Jim Kinard, who both represent specific trustee areas, and Eric Ingwerson who represents the district at-large.

Running for Ingwerson's seat are former trustee Teresa Guerrero and Brian Kline.

Kinard and Lane are both uncontested for re-election.

This will be the last time voters will be filling an at-large seat. New trustee areas will be created for the 2013 election.