This summer, national election news has concentrated on the presidential nomination conventions of the two major political parties. But November also will bring local names to your election ballot, with a deadline for nomination papers looming this Friday.
In 2015, the city drew four district boundary lines, with a council seat attached to each one, creating a regional sort of representation on the make-up of the upcoming city council.
There are now four council districts, with the mayor’s position remaining a city-wide election.
This November, Districts 2 and 4 are up for election, along with the mayor’s seat.
As of last Friday, Aug. 5, incumbent Mayor Richard O’Brien had taken out nomination papers and was gathering signatures last week.
In District 2, council member Jeanine Tucker has said she is not going to be seeking re-election.
Riverbank Chamber of Commerce President Anthony D. McKinney has taken out papers for nomination in District 2. McKinney has run for council in the past, and currently serves as a member of the Riverbank Planning Commission.
In District 4, council member Darlene Barber-Martinez was seeking signatures for her nomination papers and was expecting to turn in the papers on Monday, Aug. 8.
According to City Elections Official and City Clerk Annabelle Aguilar, the nomination period runs from Monday, July 18 until 5 p.m. on Aug. 12, this Friday, at 5 p.m.
Since council member Tucker has declined to run, the filing period in District 2 is automatically extended for five days, until Wednesday, Aug. 17. Any registered voter who lives in District 2 interested in running for the council seat can obtain and file the required papers by contacting Aguilar at City Hall, 869-7198.
District 2 is roughly bordered by Patterson Road on the north and extends to Crawford Road and the city limits to the south. On the east, the boundary is Terminal Avenue, on the west, it'’ Jackson Avenue.
For reference, District 1 lies directly to the north and east of District 2, while District 3 is north and west of it. District 3 wraps around the county area that is the BNSF rail yard, and southward.
The November Election is what is called a Consolidated General Election, managed by the Stanislaus County Registrar and Office of Elections, for which the city pays a fee. The county handles balloting, precincts and tabulation, posting results on StanVote.com as they are available.