Appointment will fill Short's seat on TID

TURLOCK — Two seats are on the ballot, but Election Day will bring three new members to the Turlock Irrigation District board of directors.

Steve Boyd, assistant general manager for consumer services, said the board decided last week to fill the term of Division 1 Director Phillip Short, who died in September, by appointment.

Prospective directors have until Oct. 28 at 5 p.m. to submit a letter of intent and a résumé to the TID office on Canal Drive. Applicants must live in Division 1, which includes Hughson, Denair, east Turlock and rural land to the east of the cities.

A subcommittee of Directors Charles Fernandes and Rob Santos will review the applicants. The appointment will be on the agenda at the board's Nov. 3 meeting.

"Everything will be done in open session," Boyd said.

Two more choices

That same day, voters in the district's Divisions 3 and 5 will select board members to four-year terms.

In Division 3, including west Ceres and areas to the southwest, dairyman Joe Alamo is running against businessman Keith Silva.

In Division 5, from south Turlock to northern Merced County, farmer Ron Macedo faces off with agricultural business advocate Pamela Sweeten.

Though the district could have held a special election to fill the two years left in Short's term, it historically has used the appointment process.

"When Director Short first took over (in 1977), he was appointed. In 1983, Director (Mike) Berryhill was appointed," Boyd said.

The new board will be young in terms of experience. Longtime directors Berryhill and Randy Fiorini decided not to run for re-election. Berryhill plans to challenge Rep. Dennis Cardoza, D-Merced, for the 18th Congressional District seat next year.

Fernandes, first elected in 2001, is unopposed for his seat. Santos was elected two years ago.

Bee staff writer Patty Guerra can be reached at or 578-2343.

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