MODESTO — Ted Donham, a retired Modesto Irrigation District employee, says he'll run for the board after all.
Two weeks ago, Donham said he feared that new pension rules would force him to give up his retirement pay if elected. Experts since have provided a different take on California's Public Employee Pension Reform Act, which went into effect Jan. 1, he said Tuesday. He would waive the board's salary of $1,000 per month if necessary, Donham said.
The Nov. 5 election filing period opens July 5 and closes Aug. 9, extended five days for races with no incumbent.
Donham hopes to succeed Paul Warda, who beat Donham four years ago and who will step aside this year from representing northwest Modesto and Salida.
Jim Mortensen and Jake Wenger also have declared their intent to seek that seat.