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Special Election On June 4
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Tuesday, June 4 is the date set for a special municipal election for the City of Riverbank.

That's when voters will go to the polls to seat a city council member. Multiple attempts to avoid the special election failed, with the current council deadlocking 2-2 each time they tried to resolve the situation. Mayor Richard O'Brien - whose unexpired term on the council is the one available - and councilwoman Jeanine Tucker favored appointing Cal Campbell to the post. Campbell received the third most votes in the November 2012 election - behind Tucker and newly elected Darlene Barber-Martinez - in the race for two seats. Council members Dotty Nygard and Barber-Martinez preferred the option of opening up the race to other candidates rather than appoint Campbell or anyone else to the post and, with the 2-2 deadlock, Riverbank City Manager Jill Anderson said there basically was no option other than the special election.

The nomination period for those wanting to run for the position opens on Monday, Feb. 11 at 8 a.m. It remains open until 5 p.m. on Friday, March 8. The council seat vacated by O'Brien when he challenged former mayor Virginia Madueno for her post expires in December 2014.

Some have indicated Madueno may pull nomination papers and run for the council; Campbell may also be involved and officials said any of the candidates that ran unsuccessfully in November can seek the post, in addition to any other qualified residents of the city.

Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on June 4 for the special election.

Anderson was among the officials hoping to avoid the election, as it can cost the city up to $50,000.

The short term council post has no eligible incumbent to be elected, so there will be no time extension for filing nomination papers. The completed application, with required information and signatures, must be filed with the city by 5 p.m. on March 8.

According to the 'Notice of Election' filed by the city, if no one files or if only one person is nominated, an appointment can be made. But given the recent history, it seems more likely there will be an abundance of candidates for the short-term post.

More information is available about the race and requirements for getting on the ballot by contacting City Clerk Annabelle Aguilar at City Hall.