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Council, School Board Reappointments Slated

Candidates for both Escalon City Council and the Escalon Unified School District Board won’t have any competition in November.

In fact, there won’t be an actual election for those offices, with declared candidates being appointed in lieu of an election, according to officials at the San Joaquin County Registrar of Voters office. Both the council and the school board have two positions available in November and two people filing to fill the seats.

For Escalon City Council, incumbent Jeff Laugero and current council member David Bellinger – serving in the seat temporarily vacated by Peter Krumeich due to military duty – have both filed nominating papers and officials said both will be appointed, not having to go on the ballot for the Nov. 3 Election Day.

Incumbent school board trustees Nick Caton in Trustee Area 3 and Martha Coelho in Trustee Area 4 were the only candidates filing as of the Friday, Aug. 7 deadline. Both will be appointed to another term on the board, without having to be on the ballot.

The Escalon Consolidated Fire Protection District Board, meanwhile, had three candidates file by Friday and also saw the filing period extended with incumbent Steve Reichmuth not filing. Papers were turned in by incumbent Josh Cummings along with candidates Mark Paulsen and Terry Pinheiro. Registrar of Voters officials said they would have the final candidate list for that race available on Thursday, Aug. 13 after the close of the extended filing period on Aug. 12.