Hopefuls vie for many different seats

November 7, 2012 

Three seats on the Merced College board of trustees were up for grabs Tuesday.

With nearly 60 percent of the precincts reporting, Wayne Hicks, an instructional support technician, is leading in District 3 with 2,315 votes, followed by Scott Camper, 1,740 votes; and Gary M. Eno, 1,139 votes.

In District 6, incumbent Jinet Troost had 66 votes, while retired school teacher and farmer Jean Upton tallied 110 votes.

In the Atwater area, Gary Arzamendi, an elementary school teacher and vice president of the Merced City Teachers Association, is running unopposed for that vacancy.

The seven-member board has elections in even-numbered years, with three or four seats open at a time. Board members serve four-year terms with no limit on the number of terms.

The board has many duties, including approving all hiring and the fiscal budget. Members advocate for their areas when setting policy and maintaining oversight of the campus.

In Livingston, the mayor's seat, three council spots, the city clerk and treasurer are all up for grabs.

Incumbent Mayor Rodrigo Espinoza took a big early lead with 876 votes to local businessman Mike Sperry Jr.'s 373.

Six candidates are vying for the three Livingston council seats. Incumbent Theresa Land filed to run for re-election, unlike fellow council members Margarita Aguilar and Frank Vierra.

Jim Soria, 44, a retired police officer, was leading with 593 votes; Land had 431; Arturo Sicairos had 444, David Mendoza had 438; Romey Phangureh had 362; and Nemesio Alcazar Jr. had 177.

Both mayoral candidates in Gustine and Dos Palos are running unopposed in this year's general election, but there are challengers vying for council seats in the municipalities.

In Gustine, incumbent Mayor Dennis Brazil will retain his seat for another two years with 237 votes. In Dos Palos, Mayor Pro Tem Johnny Mays moves into the mayor post.

Mays, 68, is a six-year veteran of the City Council and has two years left on his current term. If he's successful in Tuesday's election, the City Council likely will appoint the next-highest vote-getter to fill his spot on the dais.

Candidates for the two Dos Palos council seats include incumbent Jerry Antonetti, incumbent Alice Thompson, educator Mi- chael McGlynn and business owner Clint Dona.

There are two council seats up for election in Gustine. Incumbent Lynn Schultz got 104 votes, incumbent Joe Oliveira, 146 votes, and educator Julie Anderson, 135 votes.

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