With the latest City Council elections coming up, there will be a new twist as the city will be divided up into four districts (map below) due to the passage of Measure A in 2014.
The district boundaries came about as a result of Measure A passing with 73.76 percent, or 9,685 votes, saying “yes” and 26.24 percent, or 3,446 votes, saying “no.”
It split the City of Turlock Council elections into four different districts (map below, click to enlarge), from north to south, through Turlock via Crowell Road, Andrea Lane, and South Golden State Boulevard. It, also, split Turlock west to east through the middle by way of Fulkerth Road, Almond Avenue, and East Tuolumne Road.
Each Council Member will represent the District that they live in.
Councilmembers Bill DeHart, Steven Nascimento, and Matthew Jacob were already living in their District areas as the measure went into effect. Councilmen Jacob and DeHart, who ran in 2014, beat out former Councilman Forrest White who was running for reelection, two-time Council candidate Sergio Alvarado, and election newcomer Donald Babadalir. Jacob carried the election with 7,066 votes and DeHart won with 6,351 votes, while White didn’t get reelected and Alvarado and Babadalir also didn’t make the top two spots.
With Turlock divided up into the four districts and election time coming, candidates are starting to square off.
So far, five candidates have filed paperwork showing intention to run in the City Council election for the Districts in the west side of Turlock, Districts 2 and 4.
District 2 is the south-west area of Turlock between South Golden State and North Washington and Fulkerth and West Linwood.
Two candidates have stated their intention to run for City Council in District 2.
Gil Esquer, 65, and Jaime Franco, 57, are slated to go head to head for a spot on the City Council if none other show intention to run and file.
District 4 is the north-west area of Turlock and thus far has three Council Candidates intending to run.
This race includes current at-large Councilmembers Amy Bublak, 51, who just recently moved to District 4, and Steven Nascimento, 30. Donald Babadalir, 30, who ran for City Council in 2014, has also filed papers to enter this year’s race for District 4.
The Turlock Unified School District Board of Trustees held a similar type of election last year as it was its first time with District Elections. However, those TUSD area elections saw Board Trustees Ken Malech, Barney Gordon, and Board President Frank Lima run unopposed for the election in their respective area. No one ran for the District 7 Trustee position, which led to the appointment of Board Trustee Anthony Silva.
The first District elections for Areas 1, 3, 5, and 7 saw no one competing in a race for these positions, however, the race for City Council is starting to generate more momentum and involving big-time politics when it was supposed to become more about smaller neighborhood representation.
Councilwoman Amy Bublak even just moved to District 4 where Councilman Steven Nascimento also now lives, and where Donald Babadalir has lived since 2005 when the subdivision was built.
With City Council races now separated by districts and in an unusual head-to-head competition between two current Councilmembers involved in big-time politics, and while grassroots Council Candidate Donald Babadalir is from that same district, the Turlock City Council will be welcoming its first District 4 representative as either one or both incumbent Councilmembers may lose a seat.
Both District 2 Council Candidates, Gil Esquer and Jaime Franco, told TurlockCityNews.com that they have the same intention as Donald Babadalir; they both want to give their area more of a voice and to represent their neighbors. Both feel their south-west area has been underrepresented.
This year’s nomination period for the General Election will begin on July 18.
Interested candidates are encouraged to make an appointment with City Clerk Kellie Weaver, as there is a large amount of information to be provided and explained. The City Clerk also must verify that the candidate is a registered voter in the City of Turlock and issue Nomination Papers during this visit.
Nomination Papers are a necessary component of the filing process and must include at least 20, but no more than 30 signatures, a Declaration of Candidacy and Oath, Ballot Designation Form, Candidate's Statement if desired, payment of fees if candidate wishes to file a statement, Statement of Responsibility for Political Signs, and Fair Political Practices Commission Form 700.
There are additional campaign forms that may be required depending on the individual candidate campaign status and other optional forms such as the Oath of Fair Campaign Practices that may be filed as well.
For more information regarding the filing process or information regarding the City Council, please call the City of Turlock Administrative Services at (209) 668-5540.
TurlockCityNews.com will have more in-depth information on the candidates and the Presidential General Election to be held on November 8, 2016.