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Sunday, 12 October 2014 16:44

Turlock Mayor/City Council Candidate Questionnaires/Profiles

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Turlock Mayor/City Council Candidate Questionnaires/Profiles
The Mayor of Turlock seat and two Turlock City Council seats are up for grabs on Nov. 4 when Turlock voters will vote at least one new member into the City government.

Gary Soiseth and Mike Brem are going head-to-head for the seat left vacant by Mayor John Lazar, who announced he would not seek reelection.

For Turlock City Council, incumbents Bill DeHart and Forrest White are taking on Matthew Jacob, Sergio Alvarado, and Donald Babadalir for two seats that are up for grabs.

The candidates for both the Mayoral and City Council races took the time to answer a questionnaire sent by TurlockCityNews.com in order to help inform the public on who they are and what they stand for.

As one of TurlockCityNews.com’s top priorities — to improve communication here in Turlock — we really appreciate the extra effort to fill out these extensive questionnaires.

TurlockCityNews.com has approximately 300,000 unique visitors per month, while also being the most interactive on multiple social media platforms — reaching up to 500,000 people a week.
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With such an importance put on interaction, TurlockCityNews.com asked the candidates about the key issues that our readers have been asking about since candidates began announcing their intent to run for office, including public safety and roads.

The questionnaire also asked the basic information of each candidate, including how long they’ve lived in Turlock, and their qualifications.

In appreciation of the candidates’ effort to communicate, TurlockCityNews.com will be putting stipulations on the commenting system we currently have in place. All comments left on the individual profiles will be directed to this main page. We encourage constructive comments because we will be using discretion on approval based on if we feel the comments serve a purpose to inform, support, or promote Turlock (more TurlockCityNews.com priorities). Concerns, questions, debatable points, alternative views… Put them down. Comments attacking the candidates personally will not be approved, so make the comments legitimate. As always feel free to leave comments of support. Signing your name is optional but encouraged.

Please read and take into consideration the information when you fill out your vote-by-mail ballot or when you go to the voting poll to vote for the Mayor of Turlock and Turlock City Council on Tuesday, Nov. 4.


Turlock Mayoral Candidate Profiles:

Gary Soiseth

Mike Brem


Turlock City Council Candidate Profiles:

Bill DeHart

Forrest White

Matthew Jacob

Sergio Alvarado

Donald Babadalir


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  1. Mary

None of these links work. You don't have to approve this comment, just thought it would be the quickest way to let you know.

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  1. Question

During the mayor debate Soiseth said he only recently moved to Turlock and registered to vote this year in Turlock. Can you find out which of his statements is true? I'm confused.

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I am 40 and shocked a 30-year-old kid thinks he knows how to run our city, without any experience in California or the San Joaquin Valley. Soiseth is the perfect example of this new "trophy kid" generation. After having your parents tell you "how...

I am 40 and shocked a 30-year-old kid thinks he knows how to run our city, without any experience in California or the San Joaquin Valley. Soiseth is the perfect example of this new "trophy kid" generation. After having your parents tell you "how great thou art, how great thou art", you believe them. Gary, you were not deployed to Afghanistan, members of the military and National Guard are, you have never lived in the city of Turlock to vote until July of this year and you are NOT a farmer. You are a spoiled rotten kid who has received a trophy for everything you've done, it's time to go back to the kid's table, you're not ready for the adult table!

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  1. Brem supporters

Why are Brem supporters so angry and mean? I don't think this is the kind of Turlock I want where people are attacking or persecuting others only because they disagree. I think this election will be a blow out where Gary wins with 60% of the vote...

Why are Brem supporters so angry and mean? I don't think this is the kind of Turlock I want where people are attacking or persecuting others only because they disagree. I think this election will be a blow out where Gary wins with 60% of the vote but these signs of bullying come from Lazar and are being carried on by Brem. Our community needs to weed these dirty politician types out of office. I'm so glad and Turlock is blessed to have Curt Andre and Matt Swanson helping Gary. Even Jeff Denham who will also win with 60% of the votes is supporting Gary for his ethics and leadership abilities. Vote Soiseth!

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  1. Election day

This feels like election day with all the candidates on Facebook and the political stories on Turlock city news!! This is all very exciting and I appreciate all the articles with info about the candidates and propositions! Vote if you want to...

This feels like election day with all the candidates on Facebook and the political stories on Turlock city news!! This is all very exciting and I appreciate all the articles with info about the candidates and propositions! Vote if you want to make a difference!

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  1. No one cares

No one cares and probably won't vote you're all dumb get a life

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  1. Mary

We have a lot of union members who are walking and supporting Mike Brem for Mayor. Mike believes government pensions and retirement plans are important to all government staff. He didn't get police and fire's support because they are rare...

We have a lot of union members who are walking and supporting Mike Brem for Mayor. Mike believes government pensions and retirement plans are important to all government staff. He didn't get police and fire's support because they are rare conservative unions unlike are democrat ones as most are. Join Mike Brem for Mayor to support our government employees and if you're in support of the road tax because our government does need more money to fix the decaying roads and the budget has no money to do it. Vote for Mike Brem for Mayor if you want out government to create more jobs. We will have a better government with Mike Brem as Mayor.

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  1. Stephen

I'm proud to say that my candidate Gary Soiseth has run a clean campaign focussed on the issues. I do believe he has shown what kind of positivity he can bring to our community's leadership circle and how he can rise above the attacking politics...

I'm proud to say that my candidate Gary Soiseth has run a clean campaign focussed on the issues. I do believe he has shown what kind of positivity he can bring to our community's leadership circle and how he can rise above the attacking politics without sinking to that level.

Reward the good man, the honest man, the working man, and the man with all the volunteers who he has inspired. Vote Sosieth for Mayor!

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  1. Come on

This nonsense about one candidate or the other being a "better person" is idiotic. How about voting for the candidate who understands the issues and has the experience and knowledge to get the job done. Anyone go to the debates? Pretty clear...

This nonsense about one candidate or the other being a "better person" is idiotic. How about voting for the candidate who understands the issues and has the experience and knowledge to get the job done. Anyone go to the debates? Pretty clear that Brem, White and DeHart are the best choices. Don't need a bunch of kids who still live at home learning on the job. Get real.

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0 #52 No B sign? 2014-10-30 19:12
There is a big sign saying no B. Who put that up and is it legal height?
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0 #51 Bananamous 2014-10-29 13:26
@a joke: You should be thankful you have citizens like him. I bet you didn't know that while he offered conditional and caveated support of the measure until his questions were answered, that he sent a letter requesting clarification and clarity on the measure. It was during that time that the scandal came out. At least he and Gary like to read the fine print before signing. Good luck getting the others to do that.
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0 #50 Babadalir a Joke 2014-10-29 10:33
Another wannabe politician. First he was for Measure B, and now he's against it. Just like Gary Soiseth who was first against Measure B, and now supports it. Turlock needs leaders who know what they are doing and can be trusted to keep their word. These two are a joke.
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0 #49 Conservative 2014-10-29 08:50
I'm glad to see the Donald Babadalir ads that show he is a conservative but independent. We need someone who doesn't want to tax us to death and someone who wants to work for the people. No more rich people who keep raising taxes and rates.
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0 #48 A new low for Soiseth. 2014-10-23 16:55
Wow exit polling on mail-in ballots at an old folks home. Pretty pathetic.
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0 #47 Exit polling 2014-10-23 14:58
Exit polling of mail ballots at Covenant Village shows Gary Soiseth at 68% and Mike Brem at 32%. Bill DeHart has 30% for city council with everyone else sharing the rest almost evenly. Forrest White is in last place right behind Alvarado. The Measure B road tax is 58% supported so it's 10% short of passing.

We are curious and waiting for the Turlock News polling results.
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0 #46 Brem did a super job in Tuesday's debate 2014-10-23 10:12
My husband and I mailed in our absentee ballot after watching Tuesday debate at CSUS. It is clear Mike Brem supports sound development, and cares about Turlock values. He has the experience needed to lead Turlock into a bright future.
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0 #45 Why is DJ jealous of Mayor Lazar? 2014-10-23 10:11
Didn't DJ run for council and mayor about ten years ago? Didn't DJ come and speak at council meetings about how we need to fix the roads? Does he not understand how much public safety costs? It is sad how much misinformation is put on this website.
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0 #44 Survey results anyone? 2014-10-23 10:09
Are the survey results back? I think it is taking a long time because dj didn't get the results he wanted from the survey. The truth hurts.
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0 #43 Crazyville USA 2014-10-23 10:08
Brem is the candidate who hasn't take big dollars from developers like Mark Hall, ($4500) where is the former "reporter" who outed all of the money soieseth took from Matthew Swanson, his family and employees? Why hasn't the current donations been reported on this self-titled "news-source"?
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