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Candidates Challenge For Three Council Posts
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Two incumbents and two challengers will be on the ballot for the Tuesday, Nov. 2 Escalon City Council election, with three four-year terms up for grabs.

Filing deadline for candidates interested in running for the council posts was Friday, Aug. 6 and City Clerk Lisa Nebe said four of five nominating petitions taken out were returned and the signatures verified. A fifth potential candidate took out papers but did not return them.

The slate of candidates includes incumbents Mayor Pro Tem Danny Fox and incumbent Ed Alves, along with challengers Kurt Danziger and Robert Swift.

The council election is an 'at large' election, with candidates not running for a specific seat. The three candidates with the largest number of votes will win election to the posts.

Alves and Fox both had earlier indicated their interest in seeking re-election, both noting that there were many issues they wanted to see through as well as pointing to helping get the city through the current tough economic times.

Fox is currently serving as Mayor Pro Tem and Alves has previously served as mayor. Landscape business owner Swift is active in the Lions Club and a variety of community service projects. Danziger has been active with a group looking to work with South San Joaquin Irrigation District to provide electricity by taking over local services from Pacific Gas and Electric.

Each of the four candidates had to submit the nominating petitions with at least 20 valid signatures from voters. All had the minimum amount, said Nebe, and had their petitions accepted to run for the office.

Opting not to run for another four-year term was outgoing mayor Walt Murken, the city's former police chief who is completing his second four-year term on the council. He said he may decide to run again at some point in the future, but is taking a break for now, focusing on family and other obligations.