The Sun Voter Guide

Breaking down Stanislaus Co.’s city council races

Ceres

Only one incumbent is running again to fill the three openings on Ceres City Council. 

Business owner and Councilman James Edwin Casey is running for reelection in District 1. His opponent is Todd Underwood, a premise technician. 

Student success coach Rosalinda Vierra and Paula Redfern are vying for the District 2 seat. 

The District 4 election, which will be a short term, has three candidates: planning commissioner Daniel Martinez, businessman and commercial driver John Osgood III and entrepreneur David Carreon. 

Hughson

Five candidates are vying to fill two vacancies on the Hughson City Council. 

Hughson does not have council districts, so the top two vote getters will take office after the election. 

The candidates are as follows:

  •  Julie Strain, retired executive assistant
  • Alan McFadon, retired dispatch manager
  • Randy Crooker, construction project manager
  • Tyrel Voss, hydroelectric plan operator
  • Heather Sigala, information technology executive

Modesto

Modesto only has one city council race that is competitive. 

With longtime councilwoman Jenny Kenoyer termed out, her replacement in District 5 will either be attorney Naramsen Goriel or small business owner Jeremiah Williams. 

Eric Alvarez and Nick Bavaro are running unopposed in District 2 and District 4, respectively. 

Oakdale

Three candidates are competing for two open seats on the Oakdale City Council. 

Like Hughson, Oakdale does not have council districts, so the top two of three vote getters will take office. 

Councilman Christopher Smith is the lone incumbent in the field. 

He is competing against security guard and student Benjamin Amaral and insurance agent Kayleigh Gilbert. 

Patterson

Patterson’s mayor race is between District C Councilman Dominic Farinha and sheriff’s sergeant Michael Clauze. 

Both of the other council races have incumbents up for reelection. 

In District B, councilman Alfred Parham is up against front-end operations supervisor Jessica Romero. 

District D councilwoman Cynthia Homen is competing with business owner and entrepreneur Carlos Roque. 

Riverbank

Both city council races in Riverbank have candidates running unopposed. 

District 1 councilman Luis Uribe will be reelected for his second term. 

High school educator Leanne Jones Cruz will take over in District 3. 

Turlock

Turlock Mayor Amy Bublak is up for reelection against Gil Esquer, a small business owner. 

In District 1, real estate broker Chris Nichols is facing off against physician’s assistant Kevin Bixel. 

Turlock City Council District 3 has the following four candidates: 

  • Ryan Taylor, independent contractor and student
  • Kelly Higgins, realtor
  • Cassandra Abram, optometrist
  • Ramin Odisho

Waterford

Retired police captain Charlie Goeken is running unopposed to be Waterford’s next mayor. 

In Waterford City Council District 2, councilwoman Lise Talbott has three challengers: store manager Christine Harris, pharmacy buyer Paris Stepp and service technician Steven Morrow. 

Daniel Gligich is a reporter for The San Joaquin Valley Sun, focusing on Fresno State Athletics and the southern San Joaquin Valley. Email him at daniel.gligich@sjvsun.com.