The filing period started Monday for municipal elections throughout the state, including the Lodi City Council and Galt City Council.
In Lodi, Councilman Bob Johnson and Mayor JoAnne Mounce have both publicly announced they are running for re-election. They were the only candidates to pull papers as of Tuesday morning, according to the city clerk's office.
Candidates must file all of their completed paperwork by 5 p.m. on Aug. 9, because city offices are closed on Aug. 10.
Lodi candidates wanting to file should call the Lodi City Clerk's office at 209-333-6702 and schedule an appointment to receive nomination papers and a candidate's instruction manual.
So far, City Clerk Randi Johl has not been contacted by anyone other than Mounce and Johnson. It costs about $60,000 to run a municipal election, so if no one files except the two incumbents, that would be money that would remain in the General Fund, which pays for services like police, fire and the library, Johl said.
In Galt, Mayor Barbara Payne has publicly announced she is running for re-election. Councilman Randy Shelton is also up for re-election, but has not decided if he is going to run.
Payne, Curt Campion and Mike McCune had pulled papers as of Tuesday morning.
City Clerk Liz Aguire and Treasurer Shaun Farrell are also up for re-election and have pulled papers.
Galt candidates must also file all of their paperwork by 5 p.m. on Aug. 9, because city office's are closed on Aug. 10. Galt candidates wanting to file should call the Galt City Clerk's office at 209-366-7130 and schedule an appointment to receive nomination papers and a candidate's instruction manual.
Prospective city council candidates are required by state and county election law to obtain the signatures of at least 20 registered voters who reside within the city limits in order to file as a candidate. The signatures are verified by the county registrar of voters.