UPDATE: Filing period for council, board seats ends soon
by Maddy Houk | Patterson Irrigator
Aug 07, 2014 | 2666 views | 0 0 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The candidate nomination period for Mayor of Patterson, City Council and the Del Puerto Health Care District Board ends Aug. 8, and those who want to run for office are running out of time.

There are two city council four-year seats open for candidates belonging to Larry Buehner and Deborah Novelli, neither of whom has taken out nomination papers as of press time on Tuesday morning.

For the Del Puerto Health District board, only Harold Hill has filed papers to run again for a four-year seat. Fred Beltran and Steve Pittson have not pulled papers, and no one from the community expressed a desire to run for the board.

In the event that a current officeholder (incumbent) for either the city or health care board has not filed nomination documents, the nomination period shall be extended to Wednesday, Aug. 13.

City candidates in running Mayor Luis Molina is seeking election once again. Molina is now in his second two-year term as mayor of Patterson. In 2010, Molina and then-City Councilwoman Annette Smith ran opposing races for the mayor’s seat, with Molina winning the contest. This year, Smith, who served on the city council from July 2006 to December 2012, said she is still strongly considering a run for mayor, but has not yet pulled papers for the office.

Smith added that she is thinking of running because she has serious concerns about the city budget and public safety issues. Smith, 50, is a printing consultant who has lived with her family in Patterson since 1989.

Neither Larry Buehner nor Deborah Novelli, current council members, has pulled papers to run again, but four other local people have taken out nomination papers. Troy McMahan, manager of the local Walmart, and Dennis McCord has returned papers as of Tuesday morning.

McCord, 51, who has lived in Patterson for the last 15 years, is a corporate information technology manager. He said he is running to make the community better and to tackle issues such as reducing crime, taking care of financial issues and involving citizens in making the community a better place.

McMahan was not available for comment as of press time.

Carlos Fierros, 29, said he is running for the council seat in order to be a voice for needed improvements. He wants to work to improve the availability of all services to the community members and visitors. His list of improvements includes roads and intersection improvements, community morale, and adressing the homeless community members and connecting them with available resources. He has not returned his papers as of press time.

Frank Daras, another council candidate, did not return Irrigator phone calls as of Tuesday morning.

Health Care board info The terms of board members Harold Hill, Fred Beltran and Steve Pittson will end in December, and as of press time, only Hill has taken out candidacy forms. No one from the public filed for a board seat.

Hill joined the board in 2006. A retired insurance agent, Hill has been working the past few years to bring better medical care to the community.

The Del Puerto Health Care District provides health care for the West Side of the county. The health district runs the Del Puerto Health Center and Patterson District Ambulance.

File the forms The last day to secure and file nomination documents for city offices is Friday, Aug. 8, 2014, between the hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nomination documents will be available at City Hall, 1 Plaza, Second Floor, Administration Department.

The nomination period shall be extended to Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014, between the hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., if the incumbent does not file nomination documents.

Candidacy forms for the health care board can be picked up at the Stanislaus County Elections Office, 1021 I St., Ste. 101, in Modesto. The forms should be returned by mail or to the board of elections office in person between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.

UPDATE: As of Thursday morning, some new names have emerged on the city of Patterson's website. John Stobb has pulled his papers to run for city council, while incumbent Deborah Novelli also pulled papers to run again for a council seat. Current councilwoman Sheree Lustgarten, whose term is up in two years, plans to run for the mayor position, while long time area resident Ralph Arredondo has also pulled his papers to run for mayor.

For information: Board of Elections, 525-5200; or Del Puerto Health Care District, 892-8781.

Contact Maddy Houk at 892-6187, ext. 22, or maddy@pattersonirrigator.com
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