MODESTO — After the first week in a four-week filing period for local school board and city council races, there already are some contests shaping up for the Nov. 5 election.
Candidates have until Aug. 9 to file, except in cases where an incumbent is not seeking re-election. In those instances, the filing period is extended through Aug. 14.
Here is a recap of the candidates who have started the paperwork in key races:
Modesto City Council District 2 Four people have pulled papers: Jon Rodriguez, Tony Madrigal, Juan Telles and Fabiola Garcia. Incumbent Dave Geer is not seeking re-election.
Modesto Council District 4 Three have pulled papers: Bill Zoslocki, Juan Melgoza and Rickey McGill. Incumbent Joe Muratore is not running.
Modesto Council District 5 Jenny Ketchum Kenoyer has pulled papers. Incumbent Stephanie Burnside had not pulled papers but is running again.
Modesto City Schools board, four-year terms Three incumbents, Sue Zwahlen, Ruben A. Villalobos and Cindy Marks, have pulled papers, as well as two challengers, Brett McBay and Dean Smeltzer.
Modesto school board, two-year term No one has pulled papers.
Modesto Irrigation District Division 2 John Mensinger has declared. Incumbent Glen Wild is not running.
MID Division 3 Paul Campbell has declared. Incumbent Tom Van Groningen is not running.
MID Division 4 Jim Mortensen, Jake Wenger and Ted Donham have declared. Incumbent Paul Warda is not running.
Ceres City Council (two seats) No one had pulled papers as of Friday afternoon.
Stanislaus County Board of Education Areas 1, 2 and 5 are up; no one has pulled papers.
Ceres school board Incumbents have declared in each of the four areas: Mike Welsh, Area 2; Valli Wigt, Area 3; Lourdes Perez, Area 5; and Betty Sue Davis, Area 6.
Denair school board full term Two openings; Sandi Dirkse has declared.
Denair school board short term One opening; Kathi Dunham-Filson has declared.
Oakdale school board Three openings in Area 2; no one has declared.
Riverbank school board Three openings; no one has declared.
Turlock Unified school board Area 2 No one has declared.
Turlock school board Area 4 Incumbent Bob Weaver has declared.
Turlock school board Area 6 No one has declared.
Turlock Irrigation District Division 2 Incumbent Charles Fernandes has declared.
TID Division 3 Incumbent Joe Alamo has declared.
TID Division 5 Incumbent Ron Macedo has declared.
The complete list of Stanislaus County openings and those who have declared so far is available at http://stanvote.com. Click on 'Candidates/Measures' in the menu on the left.