Voters in several Stanislaus County cities will have plenty of candidates to choose from as more office-seekers step forward before this Friday's filing deadline for the Nov. 6 election.
In Oakdale, three candidates have taken out papers or filed to run for two four-year terms on the City Council: incumbent Tom Dunlop, community volunteer Ramona Howard and Cost Less Market head clerk Oliver J.R. McCarty, whom the City Council recently appointed as city treasurer.
As of last Friday, incumbent Kathy Morgan had not taken out papers for another term, according to the city's Web site.
Oakdale voters also will pick someone to fill the remaining two years of former Councilman Jason Howard's term. Howard, who was elected in November 2010 and is the son of Ramona Howard, resigned in April after taking a job in Grass Valley.
As of last Friday, former city Treasurer Mike Murray is the only candidate to have taken out papers or filed to run for the two-year council seat.
Murray resigned as treasurer several months ago after he was criticized for Oakdale's financial problems, though his supporters said the criticism was unfair given the limited duties of small-city treasurers.
Seven of Stanislaus County's nine cities have council elections Nov. 6; Ceres and Modesto elect council members in odd-numbered years. The filing deadline ends this Friday for seats in which the incumbent is running. It is extended to Aug. 15 if the incumbent does not run.
Mayoral elections abound
The ballots also will be crowded in other Stanislaus County cities.
In Riverbank, for instance, Mayor Virginia Madueño will be opposed by Councilman Richard O'Brien. Five candidates including incumbent Jeanine Tucker are running for two council seats.
And as of last Friday, seven candidates had taken out papers or filed to run for two council seats in Patterson. Mayor Luis Molina has taken out papers for another term.
There also will be mayoral and council elections in Hughson, Newman, Turlock and Waterford.