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Seven Candidates Battle For Seats
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There will be a two-way race for mayor and five contenders for two city council seats, according to final filings for Riverbank City Council that closed on Wednesday, Aug. 13.

Current Mayor Chris Crifasi will defend his post against current councilmember and challenger Virginia Madueno in the mayor's race on Nov. 4, said City Clerk Linda Abid-Cummings.

Incumbent councilmember David I. White will face four rivals, Norman Comer, Ric McGinnis, Jessie James White and Jerry Whorton for his own seat and that of Madueno, who is seeking the mayor's post.

School district trustee John Mitchell, who took out papers for the mayor's position, chose not to return them and so dropped out of the race.

Alexandra Benitez and Gilbert Duran, who showed interest in a council member seat, also did not return their papers. They were replaced, however, by Comer who took out an application on Aug. 13 and returned it the same day in time to become an official contender. The two top vote getters in the at-large election will win the council seats.

In the mayor's race, Crifasi was elected and is completing his first four-year term. He is employed as a certified public accountant. Madueno owns a public relations and marketing firm and was appointed to complete a former councilmember's term.