With just about four and a half months to go before Turlock City Council candidates file their nomination papers, only two candidates, Steven Nascimento and Sergio Alvarado, have now announced their intention to run for one of 2 Council seats that will be up for election on November 6, 2012.
The two Council seats up for election are currently held by Councilwomen Amy Bublak and Mary Jackson. Neither Councilwoman has stated if she is going to run for reelection or not.
Councilwoman Bublak’s husband, Milt Richards, was the CSU Stanislaus Athletic Director before taking a job as the athletic director at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia in October of 2011. At that time, Bublak told the Modesto Bee that she had not decided what she would do in regards to relocating and finishing up the last year of her four year term as a Turlock City Councilwoman. That Modesto Bee reported, “… she will make a decision sometime in the next few months.”
Now that we are already in March of 2012, Bublak is saying, “I really am not sure what I will do. I really enjoy being on the Council and cannot imagine not doing it.”
Bublak’s house is for sale and her husband has moved to British Columbia, but Bublak has not stated that she is definitely relocating to where her husband lives and has not ruled out a bid for reelection to the Turlock City Council.
“There is still plenty of time to see what happens with the sale of my house and any other opportunities that will arise so I do not have to make a definitive decision at this moment,” stated Bublak.
Bublak’s most recent campaign filing shows that she received a $50 donation during the filing period of July 1, 2011, to December 31, 2011, and has $3,675.43 in her campaign bank account.
Councilwoman Mary Jackson also would not confirm whether or not she is running for reelection.
“There’s been no official announcement, we’re working on it,” said Jackson.
Jackson’s last campaign filing covers the same July to December period as Bublak’s and shows a cash balance of $1,212.55.
While the current Council Members have not decided what they are doing, some have.
Since the last election in November of 2010, there has been some Council campaign activity. 2010 Council candidates Pat Noda, Jeremy Rocha, David Fransen, and Timm LaVelle have all filed campaign termination papers with the Turlock City Clerk. Rocha and Fransen have been candidates 3 times since 2006.
Pat Noda, Jeremy Rocha, and David Fransen all confirmed that they closed their campaigns and do not plan on running for City Council in 2012.
Timm LaVelle, 2010 Turlock City Council Candidate and 2009 Turlock School Board Candidate, gave an uncertain answer as to if he was planning another bid for an elected position in Turlock.
“I may run. If there’s not a field of respectable candidates, then I’ll make my decision at filing time,” said LaVelle. “I don’t want to see unqualified people on the Council.”
Former 2006 Council Candidate and current Turlock Planning Commissioner Nick Hackler still has his Nick Hackler for Turlock City Council campaign open but has reported no activity and doesn’t plan on running for City Council, at least in 2012. His last campaign filing only covers January 1, 2011, through June 30, 2011.
“I have had no activity in my account and yes, I file that ever year with the City,” stated Hackler. “At this point I do not believe that I will be running for the one of the two vacant positions. I want to make sure that I have the time to spend with my little ones before I jump back in.”
Word around the city was that retired teacher and current Turlock City Arts Commissioner, Lew Boyle, was going to be a potential City Council candidate in 2012. Boyle explained that while some talk has occurred in regards to a City Council campaign, it really hasn’t come from him.
“While I am flattered that certain people in Turlock would consider my candidacy for City Council and while I continue to want to remain active in local politics because I like the city of Turlock, and believe we can do good things here, it is in my best interest and my family’s best interest that I continue to act behind the scenes helping other candidates achieve mutually agreed upon goals,” said Boyle.
Another potential Council candidate’s name has popped up, Ray Souza. Souza serves on the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Dairy Industry Advisory Committee and the Stanislaus County Fair Board of Directors.
“I’ve given it some thought, I’m at a time in my life that I could do it,” said Souza. “If I do it, I want to do it right. It takes a lot of time.”
Souza says that he’s been around a lot of politics, has experience, and has the time but that he won’t run if there are two incumbent candidates.
“I’ll for sure not do it if there are no open seats,” states Souza.
Steven Nascimento Jump Starts Turlock City Council Race with Candidacy Announcement
In November of 2011, Steven Nascimento jumped started the 2012 Turlock City Council race by announcing his Council candidacy.
Nascimento announced his candidacy on facebook saying, “As a candidate for City Council, I seek to inspire responsive and effective local government through greater civic engagement and competent leadership.”
Nascimento works as the District Director for U.S. Representative Dennis Cardoza (D) and serves as an appointed Turlock Parks, Recreation and Community Commissioner. Nascimento graduated CSU Stanislaus with his bachelor degree in political science and previously worked as a City of Modesto planner.
“As your Councilman, I will leverage my policy experience, solid values, and common sense to collaborate with the citizens and local businesses to move Turlock forward,” stated Nascimento.
Nascimento’s website focuses on three core issues: maintaining quality of life, sustainable growth, and civic engagement.
As a lifelong resident of Turlock, Nascimento states that he is committed to bringing new energy and a fresh perspective to improving the Turlock community.
According to Nascimento’s campaign filing covering the period of October 23, 2011, to January 31, 2012, his Steven Nascimento for Turlock City Council 2012 campaign has already raised $4,014 through contributions in addition to a $1,000 loan from himself.
U.S. Postal Service Worker Sergio Alvarado Announces His Candidacy for the Turlock City Council 2012
Sergio Alvarado has been thinking of running for Turlock City Council for some time but officially announced his Council candidacy by sending out a press release on March 2, 2012.
“I am announcing my intention to run for the Turlock City Council in the general election that will be held in November 2012,” states Alvarado.
Alvarado, a 33 years old window clerk for the U.S. Postal Service in Livingston, has called himself a Turlock resident for the last four years and wants to serve the community he lives in.
“Although I am a fairly new resident here it would be a great honor to serve and represent all the people of Turlock,” exclaims Alvarado. “To me, Turlock is the perfect size, population-wise. With nearly 70,000 people, it is not a small town by definition but you always sense a welcoming feeling that you get in towns far smaller than ours. If my future someday includes raising a family, Turlock is a place I would like for that to happen.”
Alvarado has attended and spoke at Turlock City Council meetings; supporting the Council having an invocation to start the Council Meetings, supporting putting “In God We Trust” on the Council Chamber’s wall, opposing super centers such as a Super Walmart, and being critical of hiring City Manager Roy Wasden, who at the time was new to the job with no city manager experience and was hired by Council at just over $202,000 a year.
Alvarado believes his political independence from other Council Members and lobby groups will be key to representing all of Turlock.
“As a relative outsider, it enables me to make unbiased decisions,” said Alvarado. “I can rest assured that every decision I am part of will be my own.”
And if the citizens of Turlock vote for Alvarado on November 6, 2012, he says, “Rest assured you will have voted for someone who is working for you.”
Sergio Alvarado plans on a grass roots campaign but isn’t ruling out the fact it may grow into something more. Alvarado recently created a facebook page, www.facebook.com/turlocksergio.
According to Turlock City Clerk Kellie Weaver, the nomination filing period will be July 16 through August 10, 2012. If an incumbent does not run for reelection, the deadline will be extended 5 days.
If you are going to announce your candidacy for the Turlock City Council 2012 Election, email your announcement to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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