Manuel Medeiros — a former trustee that was knocked off the Manteca Unified board in the 2014 election won by Ashley Drain who later was indicted for voter fraud for not residing in the Area 2 district — has qualified for the Nov. 8 election.
The farmer will be taking on Kathy Howe, a retired Manteca Unified school teacher appointed to replace Drain and who has opted to seek election to the remaining two years of Drain’s original term.
There are two people who have qualified for the ballot in Area 3. Incumbent Michael Seeyle is being challenged by firefighter William Klump.
Stephen Schuler — a Manteca Police officer appointed to the Area 6 seat to replace Alexander Bronson who was elected in 2014 and resigned after being indicted for voter fraud — is the only candidate so far in the trustee area that represents much of the northern section of the City of Manteca.
Educator/school administrator Bob Wallace has qualified for the Area 7 ballot for the seat currently occupied by appointed incumbent Deborah Romero.
In the Area 1 race, small business owner Alison Ordner has qualified for the Nov. 8 election. Incumbent Sam Fant, who is running for the Stockton City Council this fall, has indicated he was exploring the possibility of seeking re-election to the Manteca Unified board as well.
Filing closes Friday at 5 p.m. unless an incumbent fails to submit papers for re-election. In that case, filing for that area trustee seat would be extended until Wednesday, Aug. 17, at 5 p.m.
Five of the district’s seven trustees not only are up for re-election due to two of them replacing board members that resigned months into the first year of four-year terms , but it will mark the first time trustees are elected only by voters in the areas they represent instead of districtwide.
The switch to area elections means candidates won’t have to convince all of the district’s voters that they are the best candidate. And by having to run districtwide, it may end up being less intimidating to run and bring out more hopefuls than there have been in recent elections.
The terms of Nancy Teicheira (Area 4) and Evelyn Moore (Area 5) end in November of 2018.
The boundaries of the five areas that have board seats up for grabs are as follows:
AREA 1: All of Weston Ranch with the exception of as strip immediately west of Weston High and south of Henry Long Boulevard.
AREA 2: The strip described above in Weston Ranch, Lathrop north of Lathrop Road to Interstate 5 then west of I-5 to Louise Avenue and then westward toward the river before curving to the northwest, Lathrop High is physically in Area 2 as is Manteca north of Lathrop Road to Highway 99. French Camp is part of Area 2 as is everything from the river in the west to a point east of Prescott Road that is north of French Camp Road, west of Austin Road, and north of Northland Road.
AREA 3: It includes all of Manteca east of Highway 99 to the eastern edge of the school district, north to Area 2 and south to the district’s southern boundary. It also includes the triangle bounded by North Main, Louise Avenue, and Highway 99 as well as the triangle bounded by Cottage Avenue Highway 99 and Yosemite Avenue plus south of the 120 Bypass to Main Street and then everything east of Main Street in South Manteca.
AREA 6: It is bounded on the north by Lathrop Road starting east of London Avenue (essentially excluding Chadwick Square), North Main Street on the east to Louise Avenue, north of Louise Avenue to Union Road then south to Yosemite Avenue. Everything north of Yosemite Avenue from Union to Airport Way is in Area 6 except Chadwick Square.
AREA 7: It includes Chadwick Square in northwest Manteca, everything in Lathrop and Manteca south of Lathrop Road, west of I-5, east of Airport Way, and north of the non-existent extension of Peach Avenue west to the river.
Four qualify for
Manteca council race
Four Manteca City Council hopefuls — David Cushman, Jeff Zellner, Gary Singh, and Debby Moorhead — had qualified for the Nov. 8 ballot.
Four others who have taken out nomination papers — Ben Cantu, Eric Hayes, Marcus Davenport, and Gary Pitsch — have yet to file the papers with voter signatures that need to be verified before they can secure a ballot spot.
No one else as of Tuesday at 5 p.m. has taken out papers.
Manteca City Clerk Lisa Blackmon noted if Vince Hernandez — one of the two incumbents whose seat expires this year — does not file paperwork by Friday at 5 p.m., state law requires the filing period to be extended through Wednesday, Aug. 17, at 5 p.m. Hernandez has said he is not seeking a fifth term. Moorhead is the other incumbent.