The candidate nomination period closed Friday for the Nov. 7 election but the lack of incumbents in some races has left 26 open - until today.
Still open are:
• The seat for Stanislaus County Board of Education trustee area 5, which includes portions of Ceres, Chatom, Modesto Elementary and Newman-Crows Landing areas. The race has attracted candidates in Juan Pablo Vazquez of Ceres and Chinyere Nnondm Jack. Incumbent Bob Vizzolini did not file for re-election and thus the candidate nomination is extended until today. Kim Rose is the lone candidate thus far for Area 1 and Alice J. Pollard for Area 2.
• The Keyes Community Service District race for three seats, incumbents Eddie Jones and William Alexander are the only candidates who have filed thus far.
• As of Friday, no candidates had expressed interest in running for any of the three seats on the Monterey Park Tract Community Services District.
• Two seats on the Hughson Fire Protection District board.
• One seat on the Westport Fire Protection District board.
• Two seats on the South Modesto Municipal Advisory Council (MAC).
The four incumbent trustees with expiring terms on the Ceres Unified School District Board of Trustees are cruising to another five-year term since no opposition was generated. Mike Welsh has filed for re-election as a Ceres School Board member in Trustee Area 2, Valli Wigt in Trustee Area 3, Lourdes Perez in Trustee Area 5 and Betty Sue Davis in Trustee Area 6.
There are 130 positions up for election on Nov. 7. The voters of Stanislaus County will also be deciding on extending the eighth-cent sales tax for libraries in Measure S. Also open this November are:
• Three seats on the Keyes Community Services District board;
• Two seats on the Keyes Municipal Advisory Council (MAC);
• Three seats on the Monterey Park Tract Community Services District board;
• Two seats on the Riverdale CSD board;
• One seat on the Ceres Fire Protection District board;
• Three seats on the Hughson Fire Protection District board;
• Four seats on the Westport Fire Protection District board;
• Three seats on the Turlock Irrigation District board; and
• Four seats on the South Modesto MAC.
Two candidates materialized for the two open seats on the Keyes MAC. They are incumbent Mario Amaya and Harinder Grewal. They will be appointed in lieu of an election.
The Riverdale Park CSD board election for two seats has attracted four candidates in George Bixler, Rodolfo "Rudy" Caro, Linda Nunes and Duane Shugart.
One candidate is in the running for the single seat open on the Ceres Fire Protection District. Incumbent Robert Rensted has filed. The district covers an area outside the city of Ceres but contracts with the city of Ceres for fire suppression services. Lacking an opponent, Rensted will be appointed.
Incumbent Gus Villarreal and pharmacy technician Miguel Oseguera are candidates for one of the two five-year terms on the Hughson Fire Protection District board. Business Systems Analyst Anthony Douds has applied for the short term.
Edward A. Amador Jr. and Martin Avila, incumbents on the Westport Fire Protection District board, are the only candidates for the two open full-term seats while appointed incumbent Stacy Cardoso is the lone candidate for one of two short-term seats.
Three seats were up for grabs on the Turlock Irrigation District board of directors. In each of those races only the incumbents have filed as candidates. They are Division 2 Director Charles Fernandes, Division 3 Director Joe Alamo and Division 5 Director Ronald Macedo of Turlock. Without opponents, Fernandes, Alamo and Macedo will be appointed by the Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors.
No candidates had materialized as of Tuesday for the four open seats on the South Modesto MAC.
The Clerk Recorder & Registrar of Voters website is posting a daily revision of the list of candidates who file their nomination documents with the County Registrar of Voters official. This unofficial list can be viewed at stanvote.com under "Candidates/measures."
The November election will include municipal elections for the city of Modesto as well as various school and special districts.