Election period ends for most city council races

The nomination period for all city council incumbents running for re-election in Tulare County closes, candidates in non-incumbent races continue to file for nomination

TULARE COUNTY – The dust has all but settled for city council candidates in Tulare County. Incumbents and challengers who want to earn their seats must have filed with the elections office by Aug. 12. Unless they are running for District 4 in Visalia.

longtime incumbent Greg Collins decided to step aside leaving District 4 open to three different challengers. However, more candidates may enter the fray as the Tulare County Elections Office announced an extension of the nomination/candidacy period that closes on Aug. 17. Had Collins decided to file for the seat the deadline would have been Aug. 12. 

As of Monday, Aug. 15, candidates Marie Line-Labee, Emmanuel Soto and Bob Ainley will run to fill the seat. District 5 incumbent Steve Nelson has filed for reelection and will run against Kris Korsgaden. District 3 incumbent Brian Poochigian has filed for reelection and will run against Heather Carter.

The least straightforward race on the council is for District 1. Left vacant by the death of Phil Cox, the remaining council members appointed Liz Wynn to the seat until the 2022 November election. Now Wynn is running to earn the votes to serve the last two years of Cox’s term ending in 2024. She will be running against David Farris and Justin Bolton.

EXETER

In Exeter, the seat for District A was held by incumbent David Hails, who did not file for reelection. No challengers have filed for that seat, but challengers can still file until Aug. 17. 

District C is held by incumbent Frankie Alves, who has filed for reelection along with challenger Chris Clark. District D is held by Steve Garver who has filed for reelection along with challenger Vicki Riddle.

FARMERSVILLE

Farmersville hosts at-large elections and does not separate its city council into districts. The three seats up for election this year will be filled by the three candidates with the most votes. Mayor Paul Boyer and Mayor Pro Tem Tina Hernandez have both filed for reelection for their seats. Councilman Ruben Macareno has decided not to file for re-election and will instead run for one of the open school board positions for Farmersville Unified. Carrie Ortiz and Armando Hinojosa have also filed for nomination. All four candidates will run and the three with the highest votes will be elected to the three open seats.

LINDSAY

Lindsay, like Farmersville, does not divide its city council into districts. The seats held by Yolanda Flores and Rosaena Sanchez are up for reelection and both incumbents have filed for reelection. An additional candidate, Elvia Jara, filed as a challenger. The two candidates with the most votes out of the three running will be elected to the council.

WOODLAKE

Woodlake also holds at-large elections and this year has three open seats. While incumbents William Valero and Vice Mayor Francis Ortiz have filed for reelection, Emmanuel Llamas did not file for reelection. Misty Wallace has filed as a challenger, putting three candidates on the ballot so far. The three candidates with the most votes will be elected to the three open seats. If no other candidates file before the extended Aug. 17 deadline, then the three current candidates will fill the three seats.

PORTERVILLE

Porterville has two seats up for election this year. District 1 incumbent Lawana Tate has filed for reelection and will be challenged by Raymond Beltran. District 2 incumbent Milton Stowe did not file for reelection. Candidates Greg Meister and Jason Gurrola will run for the District 2 seat.

TULARE

Tulare has two seats open for election this year. Incumbent Vice Mayor Terry Sayre, who represents Area 2 will coast to reelection as potential challenger Sarah Drilling did not qualify by the deadline. Mayor Dennis Maderos is in a similar circumstance as potential challenger Jeremy Campbell also did not qualify for the ballot this November.

CORRECTION: This article was corrected to reflect only qualified candidates for the city councils outlined above, excluding the candidate who filed paperwork but did not qualify for the November election. 12:17 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 18.

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