Deadlines are looming today, Aug. 16, for a number of races in the November election where no incumbent filed for the position.
The regular candidate filing deadline was Friday, Aug. 11 for the Nov. 7 Consolidated District Election. Under California law, filing is now closed except in 26 races in which one or more incumbents did not file with the county elections official. In those races in which an incumbent did not file for candidacy, the filing period for that race extends for non-incumbents through 5 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 16.
In special districts, a full term in Division 3, Oakdale Irrigation District had its filing period extended; incumbent Steve Webb withdrew from the race. Filing so far has been Tom Orvis, a farmer/legislative analyst. In District 5, the filing has closed, with both farmer Brad DeBoer and grower Grover Francis filing papers to seek the term. The seat was vacated by Director Gary Osmundson earlier this summer when he and his family moved out of the district. The seat that includes portions of both Stanislaus and San Joaquin counties, District 2, had its filing period closed on Friday as incumbent Herman Doornenbal Jr., a farmer, filed for the post along with challenger Don J. Taro, a ranch owner.
A full term is also still open for the Knights Ferry Community Services District, along with a full term for the Knights Ferry Municipal Advisory Council and a full term for the Valley Home Municipal Advisory Council.
School district filings still open include a full term on the Knights Ferry Elementary School District.
As of the regular candidate filing deadline, 18 races had received a sufficient number of candidates to qualify to appear on the Nov. 7 ballot. It will be determined after the candidate extension closes on Aug. 16 if additional races will qualify.
Following the close of the nomination extension period, the lists of candidates filing with the county elections official and the various city elections officials will be consolidated and finalized for inclusion on the ballot. The Candidate List can be viewed on-line at stanvote.com under the Candidates/Measures tab on the left side of the page.
“Candidates interested in filing for these extended races can obtain and file nomination papers at the Registrar of Voters Office located at 1021 “I” Street, Modesto,” said Stanislaus County Clerk Recorder-Registrar of Voters Lee Lundrigan.
Minimum qualifications required for a candidate to qualify to run for office include Stanislaus County voter registration and residency of the district in which they wish to file. Other requirements may apply. A Stanislaus County resident is entitled to vote in this Consolidated District Election if he or she is a United States citizen, California resident, not in prison or on parole for conviction of a felony and at least 18 years of age on Nov. 7.