The Turlock Mayor and two Turlock City Council Members will be elected on November 2, 2010. The official nomination filing period according to law opened on July 12, 2010 and ended at 5pm on Friday, August 6, 2010 if an incumbent filed.
Vice Mayor Spycher announced on July 2nd that he has weighed the pros and cons of the commitment it takes to be a Council Member and opted to prioritize his time with his family and the Church over serving on the Turlock City Council again.
Councilman Ted Howze closed his City Council campaign account but then opened a Mayoral campaign account. Howze said that the campaign committee was exploratory at the time.
Councilman Howze did not file to run for Mayor or Council by the August 6, 2010, 5pm deadline. Councilman Howze released his announcement to not run for any public office at this time to spend more time with his family.
Mayor John Lazar did file his nomination papers and will be running unopposed for Turlock Mayor 2010.
"Although the election will not be held for another three months, I was happy to learn today that I will run unopposed for another term as Turlock Mayor," said Turlock Mayor John Lazar. "I am grateful to the citizens of Turlock for allowing me the opportunity to represent them as their Mayor, and will continue to do my utmost best to serve in the best interests of all Turlockers."
Two Turlock City Council seats are now up for grabs since the two incumbents, Vice Mayor Spycher and Councilman Howze, did not file for reelection by the August 6, 2010 deadlline.
When an incumbent does not file for reelection, the nomination period is extended to allow people who may have not run against a certain incumbent to then file once finding out an incumbent is not running for reelection. The incumbent(s) that does not file by the original deadline may not file during the extended deadline.
To be nominated to run for Turlock City Council, a person must be a citizen of the United States, registered voter and resident of the City of Turlock, and 18 years of age or older. After meeting the candidate eligibility criteria, nomination papers must be pulled and filed with the Turlock City Clerk at Turlock City Hall. The nomination papers must be filed with at least signed by at least 20, but no more than 30, voters proposing a candidate. Voters may only sign to nominate one candidate during an election.
Pulling and filing nomination papers is free unless you want to submit a Candidates Statement to be included in the voter guide. There may be a deposit required upward of $750 if a candidate does submit a statement.
Formally announced candidacies have included Jeremy Rocha (2006 City Council Candidate and CSUS Political Science Graduate), Pat Noda (citizen upset with City’s prioritization of finances, a bus hub, and homeless shelter), Timm LaVelle (former TUSD School Board Member and small business owner), and most recently Forest White (retired former City of Turlock Recreation Manager in the 70’s and San Joaquin County Fair Manager up until 2008).
Only Pat Noda and Forest White have officially filed their nomination papers as of 5pm on Friday, August 6, 2010.
TurlockCityNews.com will have the official list of Turlock City Council candidates after the 5pm, August 11, 2010 deadline.
It’s not too late to throw your hat in the ring if you have considered public office!