Nine seek spots on Modesto Irrigation District board

Filing period closes with three incumbents choosing not to run

August 14, 2013 

Before the filing period closed Wednesday, business owner Matt Innes entered the race for the Division 3 position on the Modesto Irrigation District board.

The November election to fill three seats on the MID board will be closely watched because the three incumbents chose not to run.

Nine people are seeking to become board members for the district, which supplies electricity to about 114,000 customers, delivers water to farmers and provides drinking water to Modesto.

Board members are elect- ed by geographic divisions.

Wednesday marked the final deadline for candidates for local board and city elections set for Nov. 5.

Here is the list of candidates:

• Modesto Irrigation District, Division 2 — Two candidates: John Mensinger and Carmen Sabatino. Incumbent Glen Wild is not running.

• Modesto Irrigation District, Division 3 — Three candidates: Matt Innes, Paul Campbell and Les Johnson. Incumbent Tom Van Groningen is not running.

• Modesto Irrigation District, Division 4 — Four candidates: Jim Mortensen, Jake Wenger, Ted Donham and Brad Johnson. Incumbent Paul Warda is not running.

• Modesto City Council District 2 — Three candidates: Jon Rodriguez, Tony Madrigal and Juan Telles. Incumbent Dave Geer is not seeking re-election.

• Modesto Council District 4 — Four candidates: Bill Zoslocki, Juan Melgoza, Rickey McGill and Ryan Schambers. Incumbent Joe Muratore is not running.

• Modesto Council District 5 — Incumbent Stephanie Burnside will face challenger Jenny Ketchum Kenoyer.

• Modesto City Schools board, four-year terms — Six candidates for four openings: Incumbents Sue Zwahlen, Ruben Villalobos and Cindy Marks, and challengers Brett McBay, Michael Scheid and David Allan. Incumbent Nancy Cline is not running.

• Modesto school board, two-year term — Four candidates for one opening: Dean Smeltzer, Charlie Grom, Jordan Dickson and Fabiola Garcia. Appointee Stacie Morales is not running.

• Ceres City Council — Three candidates for two openings: Incumbent Ken Lane and challengers Hugo Molina and Linda Ryno. Incumbent Eric Ingwerson is not running.

• Waterford City Council, one-year term — Joshua Whitfield and Keith Self.

• Stanislaus County Board of Education — Area 1: Incumbent Kim Rose is unopposed; Area 2: Alice Pollard and Christopher Barth. Incumbent Merle Kronberg is not running; Area 5: Adriana Garcia and Bob Vizzolini. Incumbent Luis Molina is not running.

• Ceres school board — All four of the incumbents are unopposed: Mike Welsh, Area 2; Valli Wigt, Area 3; Lourdes Perez, Area 5; and Betty Sue Davis, Area 6.

• Empire school board — Three candidates for three openings: incumbents Patty Shafer and Doug Bentley and former trustee Nick Bavaro.

• Denair school board full term — Five candidates for two openings: Sandi Dirkse, Robert Hodges, Travis "T.J." Lake, Troy Hirschkorn and Regina "Reggie" Gomes.

• Denair school board short term — One opening: Kathi Dunham-Filson and Joel Sanders.

• Oakdale school board — Four candidates for three openings in Area 2: incumbents Mike House and Diane Gilbert, and Joe Peterson and Barbara Shook.

• Riverbank school board — Five candidates for three openings: incumbent Elizabeth Meza, Patrick Hagan, Susan Taylor, Suzanne Dean and Charles E. Neal.

• Sylvan school board — Incumbents Terriann Zeek, George Rawe and Cyndi Lindsey are unopposed.

• Turlock Unified school board Area 2 — Incumbent Tami Harrill- Muniz and Deborah Martin.

• Turlock school board Area 4 — Incumbent Bob Weaver is unopposed.

• Turlock school board Area 6 — Joe Lewis and Jennifer Carter.

• Turlock Irrigation District Division 2 — Incumbent Charles Fernandes is unopposed.

• TID Division 3 — Incumbent Joe Alamo and Daniel Agundez.

• TID Division 5 — Incumbent Ron Macedo and Darrel Monroe.

The complete list of Stanislaus County openings and those who have declared is available at http://stanvote.com. Click on Candidates/Measures in the menu on the left.

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