Friday was the deadline to file for candidacy for Turlock City Council in the 2014 November General Election, and according to City Clerk Kellie Weaver, all announced candidates made it in a day early, finishing on or before Thursday.
Forrest White, current City Councilmember, was the first to finish the filing process in late July. All other Council candidates filed this week.
Official candidates for the November election for Turlock City Council filed as follows:
July 29: Forrest White, retired CEO of San Joaquin County Fair
Aug. 4: Matthew Jacob, small business owner, Bianca’s Bridal of Modesto
Aug. 7: Sergio Alvarado, U.S. Postal Service worker
Aug. 7: Donald Babadalir, small business owner, personal trainer
Aug. 7: Bill DeHart, Independent Printing and Publishing Consultant, DeHart’s Media Services, Inc.
The filing process includes candidates turning in their declaration of candidacy, their nomination papers, FPPC statement of economic interest, and if they choose to, their candidate statement.
If a candidate chooses to have a candidate statement of 200 words or less appear on the voters guide, they must write a check to the City for $1,250. If the statement price ends up being more or less than the initial payment, they are billed or reimbursed accordingly. All Council candidates filed to include a candidate statement except Alvarado.
Candidates also must be sworn in under oath with Weaver. The filing process is an exciting endeavor for some candidates, and even a nerve-wracking one for others. It is the final formal step in applying to be a Council candidate in the 2014 General Election which will take place Nov. 4.
Gary Soiseth and Mike Brem have also both formally filed their candidacy for Turlock Mayor, but the deadline to file is not until Aug. 13, as the incumbent Mayor John Lazar is not seeking reelection. Soiseth filed July 29, and Brem filed Aug. 7.