If you are interested in becoming a member of a city council, or of a school board, here is a heads-up: Registration for the Nov. 6 election begins today, and will run through Aug. 10, or through Aug. 15 if no incumbent files.
County elections officer Rebecca Martinez says this about filing:
“Interested candidates must obtain and file the required documentation to run for office from the County ClerkRecorder, located at 200 W. 4th St., Madera CA 93637. The County Clerk-Recorder will issue and file documents during normal business hours, Monday through Friday, during each of the filing periods listed above.”
More opportunities for filing for the Madera City Council open this year. For the first time, the Madera City Council will be filled by district elections. This year, the seats being filled will be for Districts 2, 4 and 6. District 2 is on the west side of State Route 99, while 4 is on the east side. District 6 saddles the freeway.
The mayoral election also will be held, and it will be at large.
The mayor and council members will serve for four years.
In the Madera Unified School District, areas 1, 3 and 6 will be open to election.
Those seeking positions on the Madera County Board of Education will find areas 1, 3, 4, 5 and 7 open.
In Chowchilla, three at-large seats are open on the city council, while areas 1 and 3 are open on the Chowchilla High School board and areas 1 and 5 are open on the Chowchilla Elementary School District.
Golden Valley Unified School District will hold elections for areas 3 and 5.
State Center Community College District Board seats will be open in areas 2, 3, 5 and 6.
If you want to run, this is your chance to be of service to your neighbors and to the cause of democracy.