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Oakdale Election Scene Sees Little Competition
City of Oakdale

City Council incumbent Cherilyn Bairos is running for reelection for one of the two available seats and newcomer Teresa Kinney has joined the race. Presuming no one else files before the potential Aug. 15 filing date, they will slide unopposed into the four-year term slots.

Election Day will be Tuesday, Nov.6.

Council member J.R. McCarty has filed for the open mayor position as current mayor Pat Paul will not be seeking another term. Currently, McCarty is running unopposed but that could change depending on whether or not anyone files the appropriate paperwork by the due date.

According to Council Services and Legislative Records Manager Kathy Teixeira, the nomination period opened on July 16 and is currently open and will be extended for the two members of the City Council seats until Wednesday, Aug. 15, at 5 p.m. An appointment with the Oakdale City Clerk’s office is required and interested individuals should expect to meet for one hour for this first visit. The Mayor seat will be extended to Aug. 15 provided the current Mayor chooses not to run for reelection. If Mayor Paul changes her mind and submits nomination papers prior to 5 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 10 the nomination period will end for the seat of Mayor.

All positions on the Oakdale City Council represent the city at-large.

Measure C will also be on the ballot. Measure C will enable the City of Oakdale to impose a business license tax at a rate up to 15 percent of gross receipts on cannabis businesses and dispensaries to help fund municipal services.

Three people have filed within special districts on the November ballot. Incumbent Daniel Cummins, Kent Kushar, and Edward Chock have filed for Oak Valley Hospital District director positions.