Are you a resident of Riverbank or Hughson who thinks you can do better than some of your current city leaders?
Or maybe you live in Turlock or Patterson, both of which have contentious issues pending.
Citizens in those four cities and three others in Stanislaus County will elect city council members in November.
While potential candidates don't have to file until summer, they do need to plan ahead, to decide not only whether they want to run but also what kind of campaign they want to organize.
For several years now, the Modesto Chamber of Commerce, representatives from the Democratic and Republican parties and The Bee have presented free workshops for people who are considering running for office. Two such sessions planned this year:
The first will be Feb. 10, beginning at 7 p.m. in the basement auditorium of the Modesto-Stanislaus Library. Speakers will address such topics as -- Why would I run? Am I willing to have my life put under a microscope? What would be the impact on family and business?
Advance registrations are requested. Call 577-5757 or e-mail email@example.com.
A second workshop, on July 10, will focus on the nuts and bolts of running a campaign, including the challenging task of recording campaign donations.
Both sessions are open to anyone considering seeking public office, in 2010 or beyond, in Stanislaus County or elsewhere.
While the June 2010 primary is drawing lots of attention -- chiefly because of the musical chairs for the congress and Assembly seats -- the November election will be significant, too.
Twenty council positions are up in seven cities in Stanislaus County -- all except for Ceres and Modesto, which elect council members in odd-numbered years. Three seats on the Yosemite Community College District board also are up in November.
A complete list of elected positions in Stanislaus County is available at www.stanvote.com/. Click on the "elected officials" link.