RESIDENCY QUESTION IN RIVERBANK: Riverbank school board candidate Kevin McBride-Luman lives in Riverbank, but his detractors question his residency. According to state law, all candidates must have lived in the school district at least 88 days before Tuesday's election, or since Aug. 10. "I believe the truth is that he still resides in Oakdale at his old address of several years," incumbent Patricia Blount wrote in a letter to The Bee. A rental agreement signed by McBride-Luman shows he rented a room in the 3700 block of Minniear Avenue starting Aug. 7 while waiting for escrow to close on his Riverbank home. McBride-Luman's temporary arrangement meets the state Elections Code definition of residence: "That place in which the person's habitation is fixed for some period of time, but wherein he or she does not have the intention of remaining." McBride, who teaches in Stockton and whose daughters attend school in Riverbank, said he had been looking to buy a home in Riverbank since 2004. When he was sure the purchase would go through, he said, he threw his hat in the ring along with four other candidates vying for two open seats in Tuesday's election.
CAMPAIGN NUMBERS RELEASED: Modesto City Council candidates Brad Hawn and Robert Farrace kept raising money for their campaigns in the past week while their opponents did not bring in any new campaign cash, according to records released Thursday. Council Chair 6 incumbent Hawn brought in an additional $1,947, pushing his fund-raising total to $12,743 in his bid for re-election against Tom Maher. About $1,000 of Hawn's new money was reported in a document just after the previous filing deadline Oct. 25. Farrace pulled in $1,903, giving him $21,977 in total cash contributions. Farrace's opponents in his race for Chair 1 -- Dave Lopez, Brent Maynor and Robert Stanford -- each have raised less than $1,200.