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A quick look at who’s entered the local political arena

By DAVID SCHOLZ
Martinez Tribune

MARTINEZ, Calif. – The deadline is Aug. 12 for candidates to formally file papers for the General Election this November, and races are now setting up for seats on both the Martinez City Council and the Martinez Unified School District Board.

In the case of the seats for the City Council, the deadline will be extended until Aug. 17 because one of the two incumbents, AnaMarie Avila Farias who is challenging Federal Glover for his 5th District Supervisor’s Seat, is not able to run for her seat or filing papers for it.

Those on the ballot for the council seats are John Stevens and Noralea Gipner. Incumbent Mark Ross and Courtney Masellla-O’Brien have also pulled papers, with Masella-O’Brien publicly declaring her intention to run.

In the race for City Treasurer, incumbent Carolyn Robinson will be challenged by Charles Martin. However, no opposition has yet stepped forward to challenge City Clerk Richard Hernandez.

Four are vying for three seats on the school board, including Evelyn Centeno and incumbents Jonathan Wright, Kathleen McLaughlin, and John L. Fuller.

In the Contra Costa County Board of Education Area 3 race, Daniel Gomes has filed papers while two other contenders, Leon Sloan and Vikki Janeen Chavez had only pulled papers as the Martinez Tribune went to press.

Unless latecomers enter the race by Friday’s filing deadline, the Ward 2 seat on the Contra Costa County Community College Board will go to incumbent Vicki Gordon, who would run unopposed.

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