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Council Race Shaping Up
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Barring any last minute arrivals - the filing period ends today, Wednesday, Aug. 13 at 5 p.m. - there will be a four-way race for two available Escalon City Council seats in November.

Incumbent Gary Haskin, currently serving as mayor, turned in his papers to run for re-election but fellow councilman Marty Van Houten, whose term is also coming to a close, did not. With Van Houten not in the running, the deadline for filing papers was extended from Friday, Aug. 8 until today.

Candidates who had already filed their papers as of Friday included Haskin, former council member Matt Herrero and newcomers Jeff Laugero and David Webster.

Herrero had served one term on the council before being defeated in the 2006 election.

Terms are for four years, with the winners determined solely by the number of votes received. There are no specific districts within the city that elect a council member; it is an at large election and the two top vote getters will win the seats.

"I'm not on the fence, I'm retiring," Van Houten said of ending his council tenure.