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Want to Run for Mayor? General Nomination Period Begins Today

The mayor’s seat, one City Council position and three NHUSD Board of Education seats are up for grabs in the November general election.

If you want to run for a public office seat, now’s your chance to file with the Alameda County Registrar of Voters.

The nomination period begins today and ends Aug. 10 for the Nov. 6 general election.

In Union City, open positions include the mayor’s seat, one City Council position and three New Haven Unified School District Board of Education seats, according to the Registrar of Voters. The Alameda County Board of Supervisors for District 2, which serves Union City, also has a seat to fill.

The terms for New Haven Board of Education President Michelle Matthews and board member Jonas Dino end this year. Kevin Harper's seat, which was filled by Michael Ritchie after Harper left the district, will also be available.

Long serving councilman Jim Navarro’s term is also set to expire this year. Sources say he will seek re-election.

Currently, former City Council member Carol Dutra-Vernaci is the only resident who has started campaigning for the mayor’s seat, which will become available when Mark Green is termed out at the end of the year.

Former councilman Richard Valle had previously started his campaign for mayor but stopped when he was . That appointment will expire in December, but Valle said he will run for the open seat.

Had Valle remained in the mayor’s race, the election would have been a tough one for Union City voters as both Valle and Dutra-Vernaci are long serving community leaders. The two worked together for 13 years on the City Council. Prior to that, they also served together on the Chamber of Commerce’s Board of Directors.

“Should [Valle] be elected supervisor [in November] and should I be elected mayor, I look forward to working with him for the benefit of Union City,” Dutra-Vernaci told Union City Patch last month.

If elected, Dutra-Vernaci will become the first female mayor of Union City.

To see all upcoming elections, visit the Alameda County Registrar of Voters website.

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gato pelon July 16, 2012 at 03:12 PM
Were's Tim? He has all the answers, he should run! He could run for Mayor or City Council. The best office for Tim would be a seat on New Haven Unified Board of Education. He could straighten them all out on how to spend our tax dollars.
Johnny C. July 16, 2012 at 04:45 PM
Yeah ! Where's Timmy ? He knows how to rescue the god fearing people from the over taxation & all too socialistic society that we live in today ! NO THANK YOU ! lol
Jane July 16, 2012 at 08:59 PM
This is a great opportunity for commentators in this publication to move from the "sidelines" and into "the game". Show by your actions and not just your words that you support or believe in something.
gato pelon July 17, 2012 at 03:10 PM
Tim want to move to Irvine last year. Maybe he's down there straightening out everything for those lucky people.

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