When City Hall’s doors open that day, the City Clerk will hand out and accept nomination papers for four elected positions. Up for election on Nov. 6 are treasurer (four-year term), mayor (two-year term), and two council seats (four-year terms).
Several people have already announced they will run, but nothing is official until nominations are turned into the clerk. The filing period will close Aug. 10, though an extended Aug. 15 deadline will be used if no incumbent files to run in a particular race.
Mayor Brent Ives plans to seek his fourth term as the council’s leader, and no one yet has stepped forward to challenge him.
Councilman Mike Maciel has also announced he will defend his seat, while Councilman Steve Abercrombie plans to step down, leaving at least one vacant position on the council.
A third council seat could become available following the fall election, if Councilman Bob Elliott wins his race for county supervisor against Planning Commissioner Rhodesia Ransom. They will face each other, the San Joaquin County Registrar of Voters confirmed, after finishing ahead of Tom Benigno in a three-way primary race for that office June 5.
Challenging for Abercrombie’s vacant seat and Maciel’s position on the council are Roger Birdsall, Charles Manne, Ray Morelos and Nancy Young, who have all made clear their intentions to run for city office.
Treasurer Ray McRay has not announced if he will seek re-election, and no one has stepped forward to challenge for the position.