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Recall race attracts six + incumbents
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Six persons are in the running to take seats on the Hughson City Council should the August 24 recall election unseat three incumbents.

There will be two challengers for each of the three Hughson City Council seats on the recall election ballot.

The Citizens for Better City Government, a group of Hughson residents, spearheaded the recall election after three council members - Thom Crowder, Doug Humphreys and Ben Manley - were found in violation of the Brown Act, Fair Political Practices and Regulations and the Hughson Municipal Code in a December 2009 Stanislaus County Civil Grand Jury finding.

Crowder, Humphreys and Manley will be on the ballot, along with six candidates in George Carr, Miguel Oseguera, Gary Houx, Jeramy Young, Jill Ferriera Silva, Billie Gonzales.. Voters will be able to choose to recall them or keep them in office. If recall is chosen, then voters will be able to select which of the challengers they wish to see replace each of the council members.

Crowder insists he doesn't deserve to be recalled and voters need to affirm him as the incumbent.

"I haven't done anything wrong," said Crowder. "People tend to jump to judgment and some didn't like my comments and I agree with them. They were vulgar comments but I don't like being called a liar either. But I am here for the community of Hughson. I donate every check I get back to the city. I have been on the council for 14 years."

Crowder said he has three months left in his term and is not planning on running again. "I will continue to look out for the best interest of the community and do the job they elected me to do."