Filing period begins for elected office
07/11/2014 12:25 PM
07/13/2014 12:39 PM
Election season starts next week.
The filing period for local candidates planning to run for office in November starts Monday and ends Aug. 8.
According to the Merced County Registrar of Voters, seven people holding local office will have to file for re-election to vie for their seats.
In city government, the terms of Councilmen Tom Faria and Scott Silveira will end.
Mayor Mike Villalta will need to seek re-election to remain in office.
Candidates for the above offices must live within the city limits.
The terms of Los Banos Unified School District Board Trustees Dennis Areias, District 1; Andree Soares, District 3; Chase Hurley, District 5; and John Mueller, District 7, will expire this year.
By-district elections began in 2012 for the school district, and are under consideration for the City Council.
Within Los Banos Unified’s boundaries, Hispanics make up between 40 percent and 67 percent of the population in each district. Trustees also represent between 5,500 and 5,800 people each.
Los Banos is considering placing a measure on the ballot to switch from at-large to by-district elections. The city has come under fire in recent weeks from the Community Advocacy Coalition, which believes that the current at-large voting method is a violation of the 2001 California Voting Rights Act based on its inability to produce Hispanic elected officials in a city where Hispanics are 68 percent of the population. Los Banos has until the end of the filing period to submit the measure.
If voters approve, by-district electionswill go into effect in 2016.
Candidates can pull papers at the Merced County Election Department in Room 14 at 2222 M St. in Merced.
Election Day is Nov. 4.
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