Balwant Singh Sandhu isn’t running for the Lathrop City Council or the Manteca City Council.
The former restaurant owned pulled papers in both cities to run for their respective city councils and then informed the city clerk of each jurisdiction he was not running.
That’s probably a good thing.
In Manteca, he listed his primary residence on Bella Terra Drive in Manteca. In Lathrop, he listed his address on Seventh Street in Lathrop.
So why is it a good thing?
Sandhu is the individual who turned in Lathrop Mayor Sonny Dhaliwal for improper campaign donation reporting that led to the California Fair Political Practices Commission slapping $21,000 fine against Dhaliwal’s campaign but not him personally.
In case anyone is wondering it’s not legal to run for city council seats in two different cities at the same time. And you also have to reside in the city of the council you’re seeking election.
So in which city does Sandhu reside? Is it Manteca where he at one time applied for a vacancy on the Planning Commission or Lathrop were he ran unsuccessfully two years ago for the council?
Speaking of elections, since incumbents Willie Weatherford and John Harris did not file papers to seek another term for the respective posts of mayor and council in Manteca by the Friday deadline, state law extends the filing for both positions until this Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. Anyone who is a legal registered voter and a legal resident of Manteca can file except Weatherford and Harris.
Already in the mayor’s race are Ben Cantu and Steve DeBrum while Vince Hernandez, Richard Silverman, and Mike Morowit have filed for council.