In Lockeford and Thornton, the opportunity was there for people wanting to advise San Joaquin County officials about issues affecting their community, but not enough people filed this year to fill the seats.
In Lockeford, only incumbent David McAnelly sought re-election to the Lockeford Municipal Advisory Council, even though three of the seven terms expire this year. Incumbents Scott Baker and Larry Wenell didn't file for re-election during the filing period between July 12 and Aug. 6.
And in Thornton, incumbents Robert Jones, Marlene Corbitt and Frank Yoka didn't file for re-election to its Municipal Advisory Council. Not only that, no one in Thornton showed interest in serving on the council at all.
The seven-member councils are designed to conduct meetings in their communities and discuss issues the communities consider important. The MACs advise San Joaquin County Supervisor Ken Vogel and county staff about community issues.
Lockeford MAC chairwoman Lani Eklund said that the present MAC is very active and has interested residents who have a variety of talents.
"Sometimes you're not aware when your term ends," Eklund said. "We have been encouraging people to file."
Baker and Wenell said they still want to serve on the MAC, even though he didn't file by the Aug. 6 deadline. Wenell said he didn't realize his term was up this year, but he said he told Eklund he would like to continue serving.
The county Board of Supervisors will appoint people to fill the vacant seats, though it may not be until after the November election. Registrar of Voters Austin Erdman said last week he wants to focus more on the upcoming election since the incumbents will remain in office through the end of the year.
Even though only one candidate filed for the three available seats on the Lockeford MAC, three candidates filed for the Lockeford Community Services District board and six filed for Mokelumne Fire, which serves Victor as well as Lockeford.
In Thornton, Marlene Corbitt said she doesn't want to serve anymore, while incumbent Robert Jones said he's considering applying for appointment by the Board of Supervisors.
The Thornton MAC is still getting its feet wet after its formation four years ago.
Jones said it's taken a long time for the MAC to take a stand and make a request to county officials.
When the MAC finally did make a request last year — installing a flashing yellow light in front of New Hope School to make the area safer — county officials said they didn't have the money to install the light, something that discouraged Jones.
Corbitt was frustrated with her time on the Thornton MAC as well.
"There wasn't anything accomplished, and it ended up being if you had a concern, it was up to you to take care of it," Corbitt said. "It was never a group effort to get anything resolved."
And some MAC members didn't show up regularly for the monthly meetings.
Remaining members of the Thornton MAC are chairwoman Kristine Lagoda, Mike Stokes and Cindy Chumbley, whose four-year term will expire in 2012.
In Lockeford, the terms of Eklund, Robert Marty, Jordi Domenech and Joe Sublet extend until 2012.
Other Municipal Advisory Councils are located in Woodbridge, Morada, Linden and French Camp.
Contact reporter Ross Farrow at firstname.lastname@example.org.