At press time for The News on Tuesday, Riverbank residents still had time to go to the polls to cast their ballots for a new city council member.
Polls were open until 8 p.m. Tuesday, with counting the ballots by hand then scheduled at the city’s Community Center. Four polling places were open throughout the day on Tuesday as voters were asked to select from one of three candidates for the unexpired term of former councilman Richard O’Brien.
Running for the seat were Cal Campbell, Jeremy Fennell and Diana Gonzalez. The term runs through December 2014 and was vacated by O’Brien when he successfully ran for mayor last November.
The special election was not run through Stanislaus County but in cooperation with a private firm and that required the hand counting of ballots as opposed to gathering the numbers from machines. City officials were not sure how long the count would take; that would, in part, depend on the voter turnout.
Look for results and information about the new council member in the June 12 issue of The News and on the paper’s website, theriverbanknnews.com.