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Measure A, on the ballot for the Nov. 4 General Election, will give Turlock voters the opportunity to decide the method by which City Councilmembers are elected in the future. Put forward by the current Turlock City Council, Measure proposes a change that would divide the City of Turlock into four districts with one Council Member representing each. Council candidates would be required to be a registered voter residing in the City district they seek to represent.
As vote-by-mail ballots start hitting mailboxes and with less than a month before voters go to the polls to fill out their ballots to decide who will represent Turlock and the rest of California’s 10th Congressional District in Washington, Michael Eggman’s (D) tax record has come into question. Eggman is a farmer and beekeeper who co-operated a Turlock farm with his father for more than a decade before his father passed away in 2013.
As the November election nears, fundraising for various candidates, political action committees (PAC), and measures are in full swing. With the release of the Fair Political Practices Commission 460 forms, which are required by candidates to detail any contribution or expenditure of $100 or more made between July 1 and Sept. 30, it appears the the Mayoral race, two open Turlock City Council seats, and Measure B road tax are at the center of local campaign fundraising efforts.
Thursday, 09 October 2014 00:59

Sample Ballots Arrive for November 4 General Election

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Turlock and Stanislaus County voters are receiving sample ballots in the mail for the November 4, 2014 General Election. Included is information relating to candidates running at the Federal, State and local level, two local measures, six California ballot initiatives, as well as information regarding designated polling places and absentee voting. Specific to Turlock, voters will have the opportunity to choose a new Mayor and two City Councilmembers. Gary Soiseth and Mike Brem are vying for Mayor of Turlock while Matthew Jacob, Sergio Alvarado, and Donald Babadalir are taking on incumbents Forrest White and Bill DeHart for City Council.
Individuals who are not yet registered to vote, and seeking to participate in the Nov. 4, 2014 General Election, have until the Oct. 20 deadline to register. As of Sept. 5, out of the 326,488 individuals eligible to vote in Stanislaus County, 211,611 people, or 64.83 percent, was registered, according to the Secretary of State.
Mayoral Candidates Gary Soiseth and Mike Brem gathered at Turlock City Council Chambers Oct. 1 to address the concerns of Turlock residents at the packed forum hosted by The League of Women Voters (LWV) of Stanislaus County. Audience members, which overflowed into the hallway, had the opportunity to submit written questions addressed to both candidates to LWV moderator, Mary Giventer. Candidates began with two minutes of opening statements, followed by questions where candidates each had one minute to respond. 
As Mayoral candidates Gary Soiseth and Mike Brem report new, large contributions, Brem has again failed to report a contribution within the required 24 hours period. Per Fair Political Practices Commission rules, between Aug. 6 and the election date candidates are required to report any contributions a candidate has received or made of $1,000 or more within 24 hours.