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Six Candidates Vie For Mayor
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Six candidates returned their papers by the deadline on Friday and qualified to run for the post of Riverbank mayor in the Nov. 3 election.

Listed in alphabetical order, they are Mark Ensley, Paul Gutierrez, Larry King, Virginia Madueno, Richard D. O'Brien and Dave White.

A resident of Riverbank for 32 years, Ensley is the shop superintendent for Weldway Inc. of Oakdale. He served on the elementary school board for a year and on the unified school board for four years including two as president. He ran unsuccessfully for city council in 1996. He is married to Judy Ensley, a campus monitor for Riverbank High.

Gutierrez is a former city council member who served from 1998 to 2002 and was mayor in 2001. Retired after 25 years employment with the federal government, he now works as a truck driver. A resident of Riverbank for 25 years, he was a member of the now defunct recreation commission and had a lot to do with improving Jacob Myers Park including its trails and building volleyball courts in other city parks.

King has lived in Riverbank for 20 years and owns a hearing aid store in Oakdale. This will be his first foray into city politics. He has not served before in local government, he noted, but has been in business a long time. King's wife is named Donna and they have two grown daughters.

Owner of a public relations agency called Imagen Inc., Madueno was appointed to fill Allen Trawick's position on the council when he resigned in 2005, chose to run for mayor instead of council last fall and lost to incumbent Chris Crifasi. When Crifasi stepped down, Councilman David I. White got the mayor's position. When the council filled the resulting empty council seat by appointment last February, 16 people applied including Madueno but Danny Fielder got the job.

O'Brien (who is uncle to County Supervisor Bill O'Brien) is retired after 28 years in the Navy but continues to works as a grocery store manager. He grew up in the Modesto area but was gone for 32 years before returning here in 2005. He lists some experience in local government working with a board of supervisors in Virginia. Married for 37 years, he has two children.

A local resident all his life, White has served a total of 18 years on the council, off and on. About 10 years ago, he resigned a few days before the recall of two council members over assigning most of the city's available sewer hookup permits to one subdivision developer. The subdivision was never built. Semi retired, White was owner of the Pro Beauty Supply in Riverbank, which provided beauty supplies to salons throughout northern California. He recently sold all but three of the 30 stores and handed over the remaining business to his son. He has been married to his wife Jan for 50 years.