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Two Council Seats Due For Election
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In just a couple of weeks, potential candidates - including a pair of incumbents - can take out nominating papers to serve a term on the Escalon City Council.

The four-year terms of Gary Haskin and Jeff Laugero will expire this year and both will have the opportunity to seek re-election in November.

Haskin was first elected to the Escalon City Council in April of 1996, when the city hosted local elections at a time different than the rest of the county. It has since aligned its election schedule with the general election date in November. Laugero is completing his first term in office, elected in November 2008.

The council members whose terms continue are Mayor Danny Fox, Mayor Pro Tem Ed Alves and councilman Robert Swift.

City Clerk Lisa Nebe said the filing period for nominating petitions opens on July 16 and runs through Aug. 10. If neither of the incumbents files for office, the nominating period will be extended, with the additional dates of Aug. 13 through 15.

The opening of the filing period corresponds this year with the Escalon City Council meeting on Monday, July 16. The first Monday of the month meeting (July 2) was canceled due to lack of agenda items. The second meeting, July 16, will be the first for newly named Deputy City Manager John Abrew to take the helm, with former interim City Manager Henry Hesling leaving that post as of June 30.

Items on the agenda for that session currently include review of a short range transit plan and proposed changes to the transit fare system.

The meeting begins at 7 p.m. in the council chambers at City Hall, 2060 McHenry.