June 3, 2014

Turlock planner Brem to seek mayor post

Michael Brem, a member of the Turlock Planning Commission, took a step Tuesday toward running for mayor in November.

Michael Brem, a member of the city Planning Commission, took a step Tuesday toward running for mayor in November.

Brem filed a “candidate intention statement” with the city clerk’s office, according to its website.

He will join Gary Soiseth and Edward Brault in the race, although Brault said earlier that he was running only to keep it from being a one-person contest and would drop out if another candidate emerged. Incumbent John Lazar is not seeking a third four-year term.

Brem was president of SupHerb Farms, a Turlock company that freezes herbs for customers around the world, until his retirement. He could not be reached for comment.

Soiseth, an almond grower and water and energy policy adviser to the Modesto Irrigation District, commented on the new candidate in an emailed statement. “Mike and I spoke after I announced my candidacy and we have much that we agree on, but some that we don’t,” Soiseth said. “He is a man of integrity and he will keep his campaign focused on the issues. This race is about the future of Turlock, and I believe I have a clear and bold vision for our city that sets me apart.”

Candidate intention statements also have been filed by a few City Council candidates – incumbents Forrest White and Bill DeHart and challenger Michael Jacob.

The Nov. 4 ballot likely also will feature a half-percentage-point increase in the sales tax for repair of city streets, and a switch to district elections for the council. Final votes to place the measures on the ballot are on Tuesday’s council agenda.

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