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With less than two weeks until the Nov. 4 General Election and absentee voters already sending ballots in, local races are coming down to the wire with last minute efforts to get out the vote. Last week, TurlockCityNews.com conducted an automated calling poll, done by Dane & Associates on Oct. 17 and 18, asking voters how they intend to vote on Measure B — the seven-year half-cent sales tax increase devoted to Turlock roads — the Turlock Mayoral race, and the City Council race.
The Stanislaus County Tea Party recently endorsed Turlock City Council Candidates Donald Babadalir and Sergio Alvarado, and Mayoral candidate Gary Soiseth, a practice that they have not had in past elections. Marie Roberson of the Stanislaus County Tea Party Leadership Team stated that previously, their party has made recommendations, but have not gone forward with formal endorsements. They decided that if they wanted to make a difference on the local level, they needed to put out endorsements. 
Thursday, 23 October 2014 19:20

Brem Supporters Send Attack Mailer, Soiseth Responds

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Supporters of Mike Brem, candidate for Mayor, recently sent out mailers questioning the experience and accomplishments of opponent Gary Soiseth. The mailer raised a series of issues, calling Soiseth’s qualifications into question. The mailer started with, “Who’s Better Qualified to Be Turlock’s Next Mayor? Experience matters. That’s why this year’s election is critical for Turlock. Here’s how your mayoral candidates compare...” 
The following is Op-Ed by Turlock Irrigation District Boardmember and veterinarian at Monte Vista Small Animal Hospital Dr. Rob Santos. - I am opposed to Proposition 1 (the California Water Bond) for a selfish reason. The bond does very little to nothing to increase water storage or water flows to TID farmers. In fact, I believe farmers who rely on water from the Tuolumne, Stanislaus, and Merced Rivers are going to pay a heavy price. Governor Jerry Brown is a strategic and pragmatic politician, and I believe this bond is a brilliant move in a political chess game with the ultimate outcome being the construction of twin water tunnels under the Delta. I also believe that these tunnels will require TID/MID to give up a minimum of 500,000 acre feet of surface water per year to support the Delta ecology. To explain this theory, some background is needed.
As the General Election near, California State University, Stanislaus’ ASI Student Government will host “#2014Candidates,” an open forum meet and greet where students will have the opportunity to learn more about relevant political issues.  Turlock Mayoral candidates Mike Brem and Gary Soiseth, State Assembly District 12 candidate Harinder Grewal, and Congressional District 10 candidate Michael Eggman will be present. 
Mayor John Lazar expressed publicly at the most recent City Council meeting that the Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) would not be pursuing any investigation regarding the recent inserts resemblant of campaign literature put in City utility bills when he countered Councilmember Amy Bublak’s motion for an outside investigation of recent issues that have defied public trust. However, the FPPC has told TurlockCityNews.com that the case is currently under review.
TurlockCityNews.com will be sending out an automated polling call to approximately 10,000 registered voters in Turlock around 5:50 p.m. today. With less than three weeks until Election Day on Nov. 4, TurlockCityNews.com wants to know which way some of the registered voters in Turlock are leaning with concern to key positions and issues.