NEWMAN - Local races on the Nov. 3 ballot have drawn limited candidate interest to date in what has been a relatively quiet filing period.

As of Monday - and just past the halfway point in the four-week filing period - none of the Newman-area city, school board or special district seats on the ballot had drawn enough candidates to be contested at the polls.

The filing period closes next week - although races in which eligible incumbents do not file will extend.

City of Newman

Newman voters will elect a mayor, two City Council members and a treasurer when they go to the polls.

Former City Council member Timothy Parker filed nomination papers Monday to finalize his candidacy for mayor. Parker ran two years ago for mayor against Bob Martina, who has announced that he will not seek re-election to the city’s leadership post.

Incumbent Councilman Laroy McDonald filed to formalize his bid for re-election and Walter Waite III, a 2018 council candidate, has taken out nomination papers. Incumbent Murray Day previously said he is undecided about seeking re-election.

Incumbent Treasurer Mary Moore has filed to seek re-election to that post.

Newman-Crows Landing Unified School District

All three of the three incumbents whose seats are on the Nov. 3 ballot have filed to seek re-election. They are Janice Conforti (Area 1) and RoseLee Hurst (Area 4) and Tim Bazar (Area 3).

No school board challengers had filed as of Monday.

Crows Landing

Community Services


Two seats on the Crows Landing Community Services District Board of Directors, currently held by  David Scheel and Miguel Monteon, are on the November ballot.

No candidates had filed for the board as of Monday afternoon.

West Side Healthcare District

Four seats on the board which oversees West Side Community Ambulance are on the November ballot.

As of Monday, three of the seats had each drawn one candidate.

Appointed incumbent David Varnell has filed for election to the Zone 5 (rural Gustine) seat which he currently holds.

George Schmidt, a former ambulance board member, has filed to run for the currently vacant Zone 2 (Newman city) seat.

Kenneth Helms has filed to represent Zone 3 on the ambulance board, which includes the Stevinson area and a portion of Newman. That zone is currently represented by appointee Charles Tanner. He is not eligible to seek election to the seat he currently holds because he does not reside in that zone.

No candidates had stepped forward for the Zone 1 (rural Newman) ambulance board seat, which is currently vacant.

Filing period

The candidate filing period runs through Friday, Aug. 7. The filing period is extended until Wednesday, Aug. 12, for races in which an incumbent did not file. Incumbents cannot file after the initial Aug. 7 deadline. The filing period does not extend in races for which no incumbent is eligible to seek election.

Candidates for Newman city seats file nomination papers at City Hall. Filing will be by appointment only. Prospective candidates for city offices may contact Newman City Hall, 862-3725, or visit the city of Newman website for additional information.

Candidates for all other Newman-area races file at the Stanislaus County Elections Division in Modesto. Due to COVID-19, filing is by appointment only. Appointments may be scheduled by calling 525-5201. Candidates are encouraged to call as early as possible to ensure candidacy nomination paperwork is completed prior to the filing deadline.

The Stanislaus County website reflects only candidates who have filed, not those who have taken out papers.

Candidates for the Zone 5 (rural Gustine) ambulance board seat file with Merced County Elections. Those interested in seeking election to the Zone 3 (Stevinson) ambulance board seat may file in either county.