Five seek Riverbank council seat

jholland@modbee.comSeptember 23, 2013 

  • At a glance

    What: Riverbank City Council will interview applicants for a vacant seat and possibly select one.

    When: 6 p.m. Thursday

    Where: City Hall, 6707 Third St., Riverbank

— Five people had applied for the vacant City Council seat by the deadline at 5 p.m. Monday – Leanne Jones-Cruz, Larry King, Ric McGinnis, Anthony McKinney and Carlos Verduzco.

The council plans to interview the applicants in public Thursday evening and could make a choice at the same meeting.

The winner would serve the last 15 months of Dotty Nygard’s term. She resigned Sept. 1.

The council voted earlier this month to limit the applicant pool to people who have run in previous city elections.

McGinnis is the only one who has served on the council, winning an appointment in 2001 and an election in 2002. He has run in a few other races.

Jones-Cruz, a special education teacher at Beyer High School in Modesto, ran for the council in November.

King, the owner of Oakdale Hearing Aid Co., ran for the council in 2010 and mayor in a 2009 special election.

McKinney, a Realtor, sought a council seat last year.

Verduzco ran in a 2011 special election for the council while he was a college student.

Under state law, the council has 60 days from Nygard’s resignation, or until Oct. 30, to fill the seat by appointment. If it cannot agree, the matter would go to a special election, which officials said could cost up to $57,000 and could not be held until March or April.

In January, the council deadlocked on how to fill the vacancy created by Richard O’Brien’s election as mayor two months earlier. It went to a special election in June, won by Cal Campbell.

State law allows Riverbank to limit the candidate pool when trying to fill a vacancy by appointment. Any city resident who is registered to vote can run.

Bee staff writer John Holland can be reached at jholland@modbee.com or (209) 578-2385.

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