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Ryno, Molina throw hats in council race
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Linda Ryno, a former city planning department clerk and wife of retired Sgt, Sam Ryno, has thrown her hat into the race for Ceres City Council.

Ryno has filed nomination papers to run for the two-year council seat. She joins Planning Commissioner Hugo Molina who has also filed. Others who could possibly be filing are Anthony Estrada, former Mayor Eric Ingwer and Planning Commissioner Mike Kline son.

Filing papers for two four-year council seats are incumbents Bret Durossette and Guilermo Ochoa. Others who have pulled papers but not returned them are Jennifer Hagen, Daniel Padilla, and former city councilman Blair Bradley.

Chris Vierra remains the lone filed candidate for mayor although Mike Kline has pulled papers but not returned them. Kline cannot run for both council and mayor.

The city treasurer race has attracted the interest of Harry Herbert, who pulled papers.

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.

Kinard and Lane have both filed.

"This will be the last time voters will be filling an at-large seat," said Scott Siegel, superintendent of the Ceres Unified School District. "We will be creating new trustee areas for the 2013 election."

Only registered voters living within the respective trustee areas may run for the seats occupied by Lane and Kinard. A map of those areas is located on the CUSD website,

The Ceres School Board decided in early 2009 to phase out the at-large trustee seats after the San Francisco-based Lawyers' Committee For Civil Rights sent letters to school districts encouraging them to voluntarily end at-large elections or risk being sued. The group contended that at-large districts were unfair to minorities seeking office. CUSD avoided litigation by reaching a compromise with the nonprofit advocacy group which also asserted that at-large method of election was racially polarizing and violated the California Voting Rights Act (CVRA).

By the November 2013 election, CUSD will establish seven separate member trustee areas.

The official closing period for all Nov. 8 elected offices ends on Friday, Aug. 12. Candidates for city offices must obtain papers from City Clerk Cindy Heidorn at Ceres City Hall while those seeking a School Board candidacy must file at the Stanislaus County Elections Office, 1021 I Street in downtown Modesto.

A list of all offices in Stanislaus County which are open in November are detailed on the county elections division website at