Riverbank council again deadlocks on filling seat

local@modbee.comJanuary 28, 2013 

— The Riverbank City Council failed again tonight to fill a vacancy, which appears all but certain to go to a special election in June.

The council deadlocked 2-2 for the fourth time since December on how to fill the vacancy created by Richard O’Brien’s election as mayor.

The council has no meetings scheduled before the Feb. 8 deadline for action, after which the seat would go to an election under state law.

O’Brien and Jeanine Tucker have favored appointing Cal Campbell, who finished a strong third in the Nov. 6 election for two council seats, or opening the process to all five losing candidates.

Darlene Barber-Martinez and Dotty Nygard prefer to invite all registered voters to apply, which they said would better reflect Riverbank’s large Latino population.

City officials estimate the election cost at up to $57,000.

Modesto Bee is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

Commenting FAQs | Terms of Service