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Three Qualify For Election
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Five people took out nominating papers to run for the shortened term on the Riverbank City Council; three qualified to be on the special election ballot.

The nomination period for the June 4 election closed on Friday, March 8 at 5 p.m. and, by that time, three of the five interested had returned the nominating papers and met the qualifications to run for office.

Cal Campbell, who placed third in the race for two seats this past November, qualified on March 6. The retired teacher took out papers on Feb. 12 and filed them on Feb. 28, well ahead of the deadline.

Also qualifying to run were Jeremy Fennell, who took out papers on March 4 and filed them on deadline day, March 8. He lists his ballot designation as a small business owner.

Diana S. Gonzalez, who took out papers on March 8 and returned them later the same day with the required number of signatures, is listed on the ballot as a school secretary.

Two other people who took out the papers, Adam Lema and Timothy DeWitt, did not qualify. Lema took out papers on Feb. 12 and returned them March 8 but officials said he did not have the required number of valid voter signatures. DeWitt, who took out nominating papers on Feb. 13, did not file them with the city clerk, missing the March 8 deadline.

Though Stanislaus County supervisors last week agreed with the recommendation of the county clerk not to hold the election on behalf of the city – saying they missed the deadline to request it – Riverbank City Manager Jill Anderson said the city plans to go ahead with the Tuesday, June 4 special election. It will likely mean contracting with an outside firm to hold the election but council members want to get the post filled. The councilmember post is for the two years left on Richard O’Brien’s term, as he vacated the council seat to run for mayor.