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Riverbank: Oath Of Office And Election Recount
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A swearing in ceremony for Richard O'Brien as Mayor of Riverbank is on the schedule for Monday night, and will proceed.

That, even as current Mayor Virginia Madueno awaits the outcome of a recount she requested, filing her request one minute before the deadline on Tuesday, Dec. 4. The Stanislaus County Registrar of Voters set an 8 a.m. start time Monday to begin the recount, which showed O'Brien defeating Madueno by 53 votes in the Nov. 6 election. Officials said the swearing in of O'Brien as mayor, as well as the oath being taken by newly elected councilmembers Jeanine D. Tucker (incumbent) and Darlene Barber-Martinez will be done as scheduled.

County Clerk-Recorder Lee Lundrigan said the recount of the Riverbank ballots will be open to the public and be done at the registrar's office in Modesto at 1021 I St.

The recount can go up to six hours per day, Monday through Friday, and will continue until completed, though no time limit is set.

The City of Riverbank's website posted the information it received from the Clerk-Recorder's office late Tuesday regarding the request for the recount, including the statement from the mayor in seeking the review of ballots.

O'Brien left his seat on the council to run for mayor and the council will have to decide how to fill that vacancy. Options include appointing someone to fill out the term, hold a special election or seek applicants and choose from those applying for the seat.

Monday night's council meeting, which will include the swearing in ceremonies, is set for 6 p.m. at the council chambers on Third Street in Riverbank.