Filing period for open board seats is coming
by Maddy Houk | Patterson Irrigator
Jul 03, 2014 | 1427 views | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Seats for local offices will be up for grabs this year including Mayor, City Council and the Del Puerto Health Care District board.

The filing period for the open seats will begin July 14 and interested candidates have until Aug. 8 to file their papers. The election will take place during the Gubernatorial Election on Tuesday, Nov. 4.

The fate of three seats on the City Council will be placed in the hands of voters in the city of Patterson come November. The terms of Councilmember Deborah Novelli, Councilmember Larry Buehner, and Mayor Luis Molina will expire at the end of the year and the incumbents will have to decide if they wish to run in order to retain those seats. Other potential candidates can also file for a seat on the city council.

Councilwoman Novelli will be finishing up her first term as an elected official on the council, which she won outright in 2010 following the departure of Councilwoman Dejeune Shelton.

Councilmember Larry Buehner was appointed to his seat in January of 2011 following the untimely death of longtime councilmember Eusebio “Sam” Cuellar who had recently been sworn in to his fourth term on the council in 2010.

Buehner was initially appointed to fill the position as the highest vote getter from the previous election, however, the council later recanted that decision to allow an interview process of 10 potential candidates that weren’t necessarily on the 2010 ballot, including Elias Funez, whom Cuellar had chosen as his successor should he not be able to serve.

Buehner was eventually appointed to his current council seat on March 7th 2011.

Mayor Luis Molina announced earlier in the year that he will be seeking his third two year term as the Mayor of Patterson. The Mayor was originally elected in 2010 after initially running and losing to Becky Campo in 2008. Molina and former Councilwoman Annette Smith ran opposing races in 2010 for the open position in a grueling contest in which Molina came out the winner.

Three Del Puerto Health Care District board members’ terms are up at the end of the year. Harold Hill, Fred Beltran and Steve Pittson will have to decide whether they will run. Other potential candidates can also file for board seats.

Hill, a retired insurance business owner, was re-elected four years ago to his seat. Beltran, a West Side farmer, was appointed to fill the seat of Dr. Paul Berry who moved from the area. Pittson, a local chiropractor was also appointed to take over the seat vacated by Ramona Evans who resigned from the board for personal reasons. Ed Maring, a local farmer, and Anne Stokman, a registered nurse also serve on the five-member board.

The Patterson Joint Unified School District board of trustees will not have an election this year.

Voters interested in becoming candidates can stop by the County Clerk Recorder/Elections Office, at 1021 I St., Room 101, in Modesto from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday or telephone the office at 525-5200 or 626-5230 for assistance in Spanish. More information and a full list of offices up for election is available on the Elections Office Website at
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