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School Board Seats Contested
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Three seats will be up for election in November on the Escalon Unified School District Board, and candidate filings as of the Aug. 8 cut off showed five candidates filing for the three posts.

The school district candidates run by area and contests are seen in Area 2, Farmington and Area 5, Dent Urban.

Incumbents Al Caton, Area 2 and John Largent, Area 5, filed the necessary paperwork to get on the ballot for the Nov. 4 election, while Kate Powell also filed for the Area 2 seat and Erica McCulloch filed for Area 5.

Incumbent Richard Thompson was the only candidate who filed for the Area 1, Collegeville post and will be unopposed.

For the Escalon City Council, the three available seats will also be uncontested, as only the incumbents filed papers to seek the seats. Interim City Manager Tammy Alcantor said that means the city can forego an actual election and just re-appoint Mayor Ed Alves, Mayor Pro Tem Danny Fox and councilman Robert Swift. Each will be appointed for another four-year term.

Escalon Consolidated Fire Protection District Chief Rick Mello said that board will also see some stability, as only the incumbents filed to fill the posts on the fire board.

“Those include Andy Dugo, Mickey Schilber and Joe Camara, each for a four-year term and Jim New, who is running for the remaining two years of a four year term,” explained Mello.

With no opposition, the fire board also can appoint the members rather than have a costly election.

Other positions available in the local area include two seats on the Farmington Fire Board and one post on the South San Joaquin Irrigation District Board. Information regarding those races was not available from the San Joaquin County Registrar of Voters office by press time.