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The Modesto City Council has decided not to tighten the "Tin Cup" campaign finance ordinance that requires council members and the mayor not to vote on matters involving donors who have given them $3,000 or more over 48 months to $2,000 for the mayor and $1,000 for council members.
Three candidates seek to be the person who gets the City Council back to full strength. They describe themselves as community-minded people who could help city government get its finances on track and prepare for growth.
Riverbank is diverging from tradition in using a private vendor to conduct the June 4 special election, but voters might not notice much difference.
Pompous, smug, arrogant, mocking, condescending and intolerant to any views other than their own are some of the words that identify the modern left-wing progressive liberal. Wow, these are the same characteristics possessed by the president.
The vote recount in the Riverbank mayor's race ended Monday, less than five hours after it began, when losing candidate Virginia Madueño called it off after no results had changed.
Incumbent Virginia Madueño said Sunday night that she sought a recount of the Nov. 6 mayoral vote because the Stanislaus County election office did not provide information on some of the ballots cast.
With one minute to spare before Tuesday's deadline, Virginia Madueño asked for a recount of the votes that cost her a new term as mayor. Madueño's campaign hand-delivered the request at 4:59 p.m., said Lee Lundrigan, clerk-recorder and registrar of voters for Stanislaus County.
Democrat Cathleen Galgiani has declared victory in the 5th Senate District, coming from behind to beat Republican Bill Berryhill near the end of a protracted vote count.
Democrat Cathleen Galgiani pulled ahead of Republican Bill Berryhill in the 5th Senate District race Wednesday, election officials reported. The updated tallies also show tightening battles for Riverbank mayor and Patterson City Council.
Election officials said Friday that more than 11,000 ballots still need to be counted in Stanislaus County, leaving a number of races undecided until next week.
Updated vote counts released Wednesday showed tightening margins in races for the 5th Senate District and Riverbank mayor. They also changed the tentative order of finish in city council contests in Riverbank and Patterson.
The campaigns are over, but for the re-elected Congress members such as Jeff Denham, there is not much time to revel in victory. The Turlock Republican and his family flew back to Washington, D.C., early Wednesday.
School bonds got mixed reviews from area voters, with only two out of six in the region passing easily. Two more clung to thin leads Wednesday evening and two managed a majority, but sat short of the 55 percent such bonds need to win in California.
San Francisco voters soundly rejected a measure that might have led to removal of the 89-year-old Hetch Hetchy Reservoir from Yosemite National Park.
Challenger Anthony Silva won the race for Stockton mayor over incumbent Ann Johnston late Tuesday, signaling that residents could be hungry for change in a city beset by bankruptcy and a record number of murders.
Democrat Jose Hernandez conceded to Rep. Jeff Denham today in the 10th Congressional District race.
Stanislaus County residents tell The Modesto Bee's Patty Guerra what they think of Tuesday's election.
Republican Bill Berryhill appears to have won a tight race over fellow Assemblywoman Cathleen Galgiani in the 5th Senate District, according to the vote count reported Wednesday morning. Berryhill had 104,305 votes districtwide, or 51 percent, while his Democratic opponent had 100,317 votes, or 49 percent.
Elections officials worked into the wee hours updating voting figures from Tuesday's election. The Stanislaus County Office of Elections posted final prelminary numbers at 1:50 a.m. Results, available at www.stanvote.com, show 100 percent of precincts reporting, though vote-by-mail and provisional ballots remain to be tallied in the days to come.
Republican Assemblywoman Kristin Olsen won re-election in a lopsided race against Democratic challenger Christopher Mateo. With 100 percent of the precincts counted, Olsen won 61.5 percent of the vote to Mateo's 38.5 percent.
Voters voted for both stability and change as incumbent Amy Bublak and newcomer Steven Nascimento won the two available positions in the City Council race Tuesday night. Incumbent Mary Jackson, who was elected to the council in 2008, and challenger Sergio Alvarado were defeated.
The race between first-time candidate Aaron Norseen and incumbent José Aldaco for City Council remained in the balance late Tuesday night.
Rep. Jeff Denham cruised to an easy victory Tuesday in the 10th Congressional District. The Turlock Republican called it "an exciting night" as returns showed him nearly nine percentage points ahead of Democratic challenger Jose Hernandez. With 100 percent of precincts reporting, Denham had 54.7 percent of the vote to Hernandez's 45.3.
Richard O'Brien has been there before, leading Virginia Madueño after the initial returns in a mayoral race. So pardon him, despite holding a 144-vote lead with all of the city's 12 precincts reporting, if he isn't yet ready to celebrate.
Early returns showed a tough sell for school bonds in the region, with Escalon Unified in San Joaquin County the only proposal with a comfortable lead.