Forest White, retired San Joaquin County Fair CEO, officially announced his candidacy on July 12th to run for Turlock City Council to be elected on November 2, 2010. The official nomination filing period according to law began on July 12, 2010 and runs through August 11 (an extension from August 6 due to an incumbent, Vice Mayor Kurt Spycher, not running for reelection).
Thus far, Jeremy Roca, Pat Noda, Timm LaVelle, and Forest White are the only candidates to officially announce that they are running for Turlock City Council.
Vice Mayor Kurt Spycher has announced that he is not running for City Council. Fellow incumbent Council Member Ted Howze has not officially announced his decision to run for City Council or Mayor though he has closed his Council campaign account and has opened a Mayoral campaign account.
Mayor John Lazar has officially announced his bid for Turlock Mayor reelection.
Forest White made his Turlock City Council candidacy intent official by announcing his decision to run at a scheduled Canal Drive Starbucks appearance. While family, friends, and other supporters came to support Forest at his commonly frequented hang out, he had this statement to release:
I’m pleased to announce my candidacy for the Turlock City Council. As many of you may know, in December 2008, I retired as CEO of the San Joaquin County Fair after 20 years. Since retiring, I’ve had a desire to continue in the service of my community. In addition, over the course of the past year, I’ve seen City Council meetings become less civil, less transparent and more divisive. My wife, Colleen, and I now feel that the time has come for me to run for the Council.
It’s time for a change. And by change, I mean that Council members need to leave their personal agendas out of the decision-making process. The Council’s role is to create sound policies and to then let the City staff do their jobs.
When elected, my job will be to represent all of the citizenry in an honest and open fashion. We may not agree on every issue, but I can guarantee you that I will put the community first and foremost when I make a decision.