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Candidates Await Election
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Tuesday, Nov. 2 is Election Day when voters go to the polls to register their choices on a variety of state and local offices and propositions.

In Riverbank they also will be voting on two City Council seats left vacant by Sandra Benitez and Dave White, both of whom have declined to run again after serving many years on the council.

The nine candidates for the two available council posts are Larry King, Keenon J. Krick, Ric McGinnis, Allison Nobert, Dotty Nygard, Richard O'Brien, Israel Hernandez, Nadine Salim and Jeanine Tucker.

Once the newly elected pair takes office, the council will have four members instead of the three with which it has struggled along for many months. But the council still will have to wait until March and a special election to get a fifth member and return to a full five-member panel.

Also on the city ballot on Tuesday is Measure G that proposes to raise the transient occupancy tax (TOT) for visitors staying at local hotels or motels from 4 percent to 9 percent.

The city currently only has one such establishment, the Riverbank Hotel, at which a transient occupancy tax is charged if the visitor stays less than 30 days.

Polls will open at 7 a.m. on Nov. 2. Ballot counts will be posted on the Stanislaus County Elections Office web site,, following the close of the polls at 8 p.m. that day.