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League staging forum Saturday for District 5 hopefuls for SJC board
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The League of Women Voters will be having several candidate forums beginning this weekend.

For some, this will be a chance for them to get to know the candidates and issues prior to the March 3 primary election.

The candidate forum for County Supervisor District 5 will take place Saturday at the Tracy Branch Library, 20 E. Eaton Ave., beginning at 10:30 a.m.

“The 5th District is made up Tracy and parts of Manteca (south of Yosemite Avenue),” said President Kathy Casenave of the League of Women Voters of San Joaquin County.

The candidates are current Tracy Council members Veronica Vargas and Rhodesia Ransom, construction manager Mateo Morelos Bedolla, and Tracy Mayor Robert Rickman.

Candidates in the running for the SJC Board of Trustees District 3 and District 4 is scheduled for 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 11, at the Alex and Jeri Vereschagin Alumni House on the campus of the University of the Pacific in Stockton.

According to Casenave, the five candidates will have a chance to respond to questions from the community panelists on topics such as improving education throughout the county.

Sign Language instructor Douglas Vigil along with County Program Manager Jill Fritchen are seeking the Trustee Area No. 3 seat currently occupied by Peter Ottesen.

Retired Deputy Superintendent Jeff Tilton is challenging incumbent Vern Gebhardt for Trustee Area No. 4.

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