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Seats Open On Panels
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Two seats on the Escalon City Council will be available in the November election and two posts are up for appointment now on the Escalon Planning Commission.

The four-year terms of council members Marty Van Houten and Gary Haskin - currently serving as Mayor - will expire at the end of the year and applications for the posts can be obtained starting Monday, July 14.

Nominating petitions will be available then at City Hall and the application period will remain open through Friday, Aug. 8. The deadline for filing will be extended briefly if no incumbent files by the Aug. 8 date.

Those choosing to run for office in November will seek to fill a four-year term on the council. There are no specific seats or districts; the two candidates polling the largest number of votes will win the seats.

This year's election, which could see a larger than normal voter turnout due to the Presidential election, is set for Tuesday, Nov. 4. Last day to register to vote in the November election is Oct. 20.

Meanwhile, there are three applicants for two posts available on the Escalon Planning Commission. Councilman Ed Alves and Mayor Haskin were slated to interview the three candidates Tuesday night, July 1, and will make their recommendations for filling the two posts to the full council at the regular Monday, July 7 meeting.

Terms of commissioners John Gilbert and Steve Cestaro are expiring and both are seeking reappointment to the panel. Also in the running is Kurt Danziger. The chosen two will need council approval before taking the commission seats, which are also for four-year terms. The new term will take effect with the July meeting, set for Tuesday, July 15. Appointed commissioners will be sworn in then.

Next year, the three remaining seats on the planning commission will expire. Those are held by Barb Willis, Clyde Hogan and Steve Castellanos.