The Stanislaus County registrar of voters will hold workshops Thursday teaching the basic requirements to prospective office seekers for the March 3 primary.
An hourlong workshop for judicial candidates is set for 12:15 p.m. Thursday in the Clerk-Recorder administration conference room at 1021 I St., third floor, in downtown Modesto. The Clerk-Recorder’s office is at 10th and I streets.
Candidates for county, state and central committee offices can attend an informational workshop at 2 p.m. Thursday, same location.
Workshop participants will learn about the candidates guide, filing deadlines and the documents filed by candidates. Call the Clerk-Recorder’s candidate services at 209- 525-5237 to confirm your attendance.
While the vast majority of cities and school districts have moved to even-year elections, Stanislaus County will hold an election Nov. 5. And the ballot for this odd-year election is slim.
County Registrar of Voters Donna Linder said only one school district, Hart-Ransom, has not made the switch to even-year elections. Cities and school districts have moved to even-year elections to take advantage of the larger turnout of national and statewide general elections.
Linder said a couple of local districts are on the November ballot after choosing to hold one last election before the changeover. County Elections will have polling places in those communities Nov. 5 for people who don’t vote by mail.
Two candidates are vying for the Area 1 seat on the Ceres Unified School District board. Incumbent Jim Kinard is challenged by educator Brian de la Porte. The winner will serve a five-year term.
Four are running for two available board seats in the Hart-Ransom Union School District. Incumbent Seth Renicker is seeking another term; other candidates are Shawn Brunk, a utility lineman, Matt Dubbs, a salesman and coach, and Andy Alderson, an agricultural operations manager.
In Keyes Community Services District, incumbents Davie Landers and Mike Bernal are each seeking another board term against Cody Knee, a water distribution officer.
Oakdale voters will decide whether to approve an 11-year extension of Measure H, a half-cent sales tax for police, fire and general services. Measure I, also in Oakdale, would convert city clerk from an elected to appointed office.