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Former Manteca councilman running for school board
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Several new candidates recently emerged in the Manteca Unified school board race for the November election.

Last week, former Manteca Councilman Mike Morowit along with Lilia Lara Barbosa and Melanie Greene became the latest challengers to face off against the incumbents.

Morowit will take on board President Bob Wallace for Area 7 while Barbosa – according to the San Joaquin County Registrar of Voters office, she works as an insurance agent – will look to unseat incumbent Eric Duncan for Area 1.

Karen Pearsall, who was appointed to her Area 3 post, will be challenged by education director and parent Greene.

Incumbents at Ripon Unified, by contrast, are currently running unopposed.

This includes provisional Trustee Vince Hobbs (Area 2), board President Caroline Hutto (Area 4) and Christina Orlando (Area 5).


Ripon City Council hopefuls take out papers

When the candidate filings kicked off earlier this month, Tim Wheeler was among the first to take out papers for the Ripon City Council race for the Nov. 3 general election.

City Clerk Lisa Roos reported that during the first few days of the filing period which opened on July 13 and will continue to Friday, Aug. 7.

Wheeler, according to the San Joaquin County Registrar of Voters office, is a CPA and businessman.

Since then, several new challengers have emerged in challenging the seats currently occupied by Mayor Jake Parks, Vice Mayor Daniel de Graaf and Leo Zuber.

Zuber and de Graaf recently took out papers in seeking re-election.

They’ll be in the race for three four-year posts with Wheeler, Trenton Wesley Phillips, Tamra Dee Spade and Richard William Kohl.

Spade is the former CEO and President of the Ripon Chamber of Commerce, and is featuring her campaign info via social media.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, SJROV is taking the necessary precautions such as social distance requirements in an effort to minimize exposure to the virus.

Those seeking office are strongly encouraged to make an appointment ahead of time.

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