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Its mostly state choices on Nov. 4
No city, CUSD candidates on the ballot this fall
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The general election which includes choices for governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general, secretary of state, controller, treasurer and congress, contains few local races for Ceres.

Voters in Ceres and Hughson will have to wait until next year before they must make choices on who will sit on the respective city councils.

In November of next year, the terms of Mayor Chris Vierra and councilmembers Bret Durossette and Mike Kline will be up for grabs.

Hughson registered voters will be electing a mayor, however, only Matt Beekman is on the ballot. Three candidates are seeking two open seats on the Hughson City Council. Appointed incumbent Harold "Bud" Hill and incumbent George Carr are running as is challenger Billy Gonzales.

On Nov. 4, voters in Congressional District 10 will be deciding either to send Jeff Denham, R-Turlock, back to Washington or send Turlock beekeeper and Democrat Michael Eggman in his place.

Two local state Assembly races and two state Senate races will be decided in less than eight weeks.

State Senator Anthony Cannella, R-Ceres, is being challenged by Shawn K. Bagley, a Monterey Democrat, in the District 12 Senate contest.

Democrat Adam Gray, who represents Ceres in the state Assembly District 21, is being challenged by Jack Mobley, a Merced Republican who lost to Gray in 2012 by a nearly 10 percentage point margin.

Voters in Hughson and Keyes who are in the state Assembly District 12, will have to decide to either keep Modesto Republican Kristin Olsen or replace her with Harinder Grewal of Keyes, an agricultureal export specialist and CSUS economics lecturer.

State Senator Tom Berryhill, who is currently in District 8 but running in the newly created District 8, is seeking election against Paulina Miranda, a Democrat. Berryhill grew up in Ceres. The new district will be vast in geography and while including Hughson, Turlock, Oakdale and Waterford, will also stretch from Rancho Cordova and Mammoth Lakes all the way down to Death Valley and Bishop.

California will be making a number of choices as to who will take state offices. Running for governor are incumbent Democrat Jerry Brown and Republican businessman Neel Kashkari.

Gavin Newsom, California's Democratic lieutenant governor, is being challenged by Ron Nehring, a Sanm Diego County Republican. Newsom is seen as a shoo-in.

California State Attorney General Kamala Harris, a Democrat, is being challenged by Republican Ronald Gold, a former deputy attorney general. During the primary election in June, Harris won with 53.1 percent of the vote, followed by Gold with 12.7 percent.

In the Secretary of State race, Democratic state senator Alex Padilla is being challenged by Pete Peterson, a Republican who is the executive director of the Davenport Institute.

Seeking the office of state controller are Ashley Swearengin, the Republican mayor of Fresno, and Alameda Democrat Betty Yee who is a member of the state Board of Equalization.

Current state controller John Chiang is running as a Democrat for the office of state treasurer against Greg Conlon, a Republican CPA who is a senior partner in a Big Five accounting firm.

Running for insurance commissioner are Democrat Dave Jones, and Republican Ted Gaines.

George Runner, the incumbent sitting in the District 1 Board of Equalization seat, is being challenged by Democrat Chris Parker.