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Birgit Fladager, the sitting District Attorney, is taking heavy fire from challenger Frank Carson, a defense attorney. Carson and former Modesto Mayor Carmen Sabatino have been funding a massive “Recall Fladager” campaign in advance of the June 3 election. The election is a standard election following the end of Fladager’s second term; she is not being recalled in any way.
Two candidates with Turlock ties will square off to represent the region in the State Assembly. Assemblywoman Kristen Olsen (R-Modesto), a former California State University, Stanislaus employee, and Harinder Grewal (D-Keyes), a Turlock Unified School District Trustee, will meet in a primary election on the June 3 ballot.
The position of Stanislaus County Assessor is, in normal election years, a lightly contested, non-partisan post. This election season has been anything but normal, with Turlock City Councilmember and Modesto Police Officer Amy Bublak launching a fierce challenge to incumbent Assessor Don Gaekle.
It’s boss versus employee on this June’s ballot. Stanislaus County Sheriff-Coroner Adam Christianson will look to defend his seat against Sheriff’s Deputy Tom Letras. Christianson, Sheriff for the past eight years, is running for his third term. Letras, who has worked at the Sheriff’s Department for 17 years, says the time is right for someone new.
Michael Eggman, a Democrat challenging U.S. Rep. Jeff Denham (R-Turlock) for his seat in the House of Representatives, visited Latif’s Thursday morning for a meet-and greet with local voters.Eggman, a Turlock farmer and beekeeper, told those in attendance of how he grew up on his family’s farm, located at the intersection of Tuolumne and Tegner roads.
With the June 3 gubernatorial primary election less than a month away, vote-by-mail ballots are now arriving at Turlockers’ homes.Voting by mail is becoming increasingly popular, both in Stanislaus County and nationwide. Locally, 69,821 voted in the last June election, held in 2012; only 2,508 people actually voted at the polls. In the most recent local election, held in November 2013, more than 97 percent of voters voted by mail.
First term Turlock City Councilmember Forrest White has officially announced that he will seek reelection this November. “I think we’ve done a lot in the last three-and-a-half years,” White said. “My feeling is, I just want to continue what we started.” White pointed to the growth of the Turlock Regional Industrial Park and the openings of the Turlock Public Safety Facility, the Turlock Gospel Mission’s Homeless Assistance Ministry day-center, and the Avena Bella low-income housing project as successesses of his first term.