Two full four-year terms on the Escalon City Council will be available during the Consolidated General Municipal Election in November.
The terms of council members Mayor Gary Haskin and Mayor Pro Tem Jeff Laugero are expiring and the first day to pick up nomination papers for the posts is later this month, Monday, July 18. Nomination papers can be obtained at the Escalon City Clerk’s office, 2060 McHenry Ave., in Escalon by appointment by calling 209-691-7421. Papers can be filed for the position at City Hall from 8 a.m. to noon and from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
If the current council members do not file papers, the deadline for those interested in filing will be extended to Wednesday, Aug. 17. Should one or both of the current council members file papers, the deadline for all nominations will be Friday, Aug. 12.
Each term is for four years and council members run ‘at large’ and not in specific city districts. The top two vote getters out of all the candidates would win the seats. If there are only two candidates, an appointment to the elective office can be made.
The polls on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 8 will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
This year is also a Presidential Election and the ballot includes some state legislative races of interest, both of which could help increase voter turnout at the local polls.
Escalon City officials are also looking for new members to serve on the Planning Commission – not an elected post – and are taking applications at City Hall through July 22. The Planning Commission meets the second Tuesday of each month after the first Monday at 7 p.m. at the council chambers.
More information about the commission and its duties, along with applications, can be found on the city website, www.cityofescalon.org.