Two incumbents and one challenger are running for two spots on the Lodi City Council in this November's election.
Mayor JoAnne Mounce and Councilman Bob Johnson are running for re-election. They have both served for eight years on the council, and each has had two terms as mayor.
Doug Kuehne, who owns King's Carpet Service on Guild Avenue, is the only person to challenge the two incumbents.
Candidates have to receive at least 20 signatures, but no more than 30, of voters who nominate the candidate. Local voters can only sign one nomination paper per race.
Candidates also filed candidate statements with the Lodi City Clerk. Doug Kuehne did not file a statement. Below are the unedited statements from Mounce and Johnson:
"My grandmother, Esther Mounce, taught me the importance of community involvement by helping many people in Lodi during her lifetime. She inspired me and as a result, over the past twenty years, I have volunteered with numerous groups including the Eastside Improvement Committee, Junior Achievement and the Year 2000 Committee. I led the Hale Park Family Concert Series; I am a Neighborhood Watch Captain, a Youth Commission Advisor and your councilmember. Nothing means more to me than family and community.
"After thirty years in accounting, I know the importance of fiscal responsibility. I am a financial conservative, bringing years of budget experience to city council. I am a hardworking, honest person, dedicated to the success and accountability of the city, to you... the citizens of Lodi.
"As your Lodi City Councilmember, I have helped bring your ideas and concerns to the attention of the staff. I promise to keep working hard to maintain the quality of life we all enjoy in Lodi. By casting your vote for me, JoAnne Mounce, together, we can continue to make a difference.
"Stop by my website, www.lodicitycouncil.com, and make your voice heard. Remember on November 6th, every vote counts: Vote Mounce!"
"The past few years have been difficult but we have weathered the recession and have even made progress in many areas. Nevertheless, we continue to be faced with significant challenges.
"As a husband, father, retired business executive, Councilmember and Mayor, I am deeply concerned about the complex problems facing us today. Lodi needs proven, independent decision makers with real life experience to lead our community. This is why I am a candidate for re-election to the Lodi City Council.
"I have the broad background and experience necessary to lead Lodi through these trying times. I support strong police and fire services. Prudent fiscal practices are one of my highest priorities. We must find a way to expand our economic base to generate jobs and revenue for our community. The leisure services which mean so much to our seniors and youth must be preserved.
"I promise that every issue that comes before me will receive my fullest attention. I will always place community issues ahead of my own. I look forward to continue to work on your behalf and I welcome your support on election day.
"Together let us continue to move Lodi forward."